Tuesday, November 8

Thinking through Isaiah 30:15

For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said:
In repentance and rest you will be saved,
  • I once was told, by a person who had been a lifesaver at one point, that the most dangerous person to save was a person who was fighting and kicking, instead of being still. Their flailing put both the lifesaver and the person at risk of not being able to make it to safety. A struggling person doesn't allow for assistance; they are simply continuing to fight, powered by their own fears and need for control.
  • Repentance in its genuine form involves a person completely and humbly releasing themselves and their bondage, into the changing power of God. That bondage can be anything from sinful choices, family baggage, harmful thoughts and such...things that we either choose to partake of willingly or because of addictions, no matter how big or small those might be. Like cords tied around our feet, they may give the illusion that we are free but really we remain unable to move in freedom. And then the moment it is all given to God, the moment we choose God over our own desires, those cords fall off...their power is gone and we have the freedom to walk with God; to be the person that we were created to be.
In quietness and trust is your strength.
  • The person who places their trust in God is like a man who builds his house on rocks. When the storm came, his house endured the storm because the foundation was grounded on something firm.
  • Trust is a confidence in who God is, what He is doing and capable of, and with how He is at work in me. It's an unmoveable, unshakable assurance that regardless of what may happen, God is still in control. This trust allows for a quiet peace to calm your mind (your prone to worry) and your body.
But you were not willing.
  • This is where forgiveness is readily available. Quietness, rest, salvation, strength...all free gifts, always available. May God keep my heart from being hardened. May I have the ears to hear, the eyes to see, and the heart to trust, willingly and faithfully. Amen.

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