“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
I read Isaiah 30:15 at the beginning of a blog post recently and it captured my attention. Then I read these words at the end, “He delivers us when we return to Him, when we rest in Him. Every time.” And I burst into tears. Tears because I knew I needed to return to God and find my rest in Him. Tears because I realized just how far I have wandered lately from a close relationship with God. Tears because I was so sorry that, yet again, I had let other things come between me and my First Love. (see Revelation 2:4). Tears because I also saw God’s faithfulness to me in the midst of it all.
Maybe you can identify because you have had a similar emotional response to God’s truth through a Bible verse or sermon message or quote from a Christian author? All I know is this has been a turning point for me in how I want to choose to spend my time and live out my life faithfully before God. There have been similar revelations from God before but none that I feel have elicited such powerful emotions from me.
It is similar to peeling back of the layers of an onion; God is peeling back the issues in my life that are separating me from Him – layer by layer, little by little. The question is how do I respond to this? I feel this is a crux point where I can either respond to God’s revelation and be transformed or I can choose to simply ignore it and go back to my daily life unchanged.
I fear it would almost be too easy to let the latter happen and that maybe I have already done so a bit up to this point. But I need to realize it is in RETURNING to God over and over again, all the while having TRUST in His grace and mercy, that my faith will grow. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
In an excellent blog post, “Not Because We Must,” Carolyn Watts shares this: “My soul and body confirm what God commanded and Jesus modeled: I’m not made for a hectic pace. It shuts me down. It cuts me off from God and others and myself. It keeps me from being able to love. So I’ve decided: The world can go on chattering all it wants about importance and busyness and making sure I matter. I’m choosing (yes, choosing, not because I must but because I may) to keep living a life that holds enough space for me to hear my Father whispering over me that I already matter.” (emphasis mine)
This quote resonates so much with what I have gleaned from Isaiah 30:15: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” In REST is my salvation, in QUIETNESS is my strength! Maybe not for every season of my life but for right now I know this is so needed.
Lord, help me to make these things a priority so that I can get back into a right rhythm in my relationship with You. Thank you for being faithful to keep showing me Your revelation in this area. Please give me the strength to respond in order that I can be transformed as a result.