This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. (Isaiah 30:15 NIV)
Salvation from repentance and rest.
Strength from quietness and trust.
There is a rest that comes from trust. A cessation of striving. A deep down peace that knows and is confident that God will fulfill His Word in you. In your life.
A confidence not born from flesh or work but from Spirit and grace. In that trust, it is so sure and pure that a quietness envelopes your soul. You find yourself able to rest in the midst of conflict. To be quiet in the midst of loud, loud, loud.
It doesn’t come from removing all strife from your life. It doesn’t come from a vacation or living your life like a monk.
It comes from obedience. Doing the hard work and living with the hard choices of trusting God’s way when all hell breaks loose.
It comes from and after repentance. The acknowledging that your efforts to make it happen your way, with your will and your work have only caused strife, fear and pain. That your own desires have shut your ears to warnings and convinced you that you know better than God.
The last line of that verse haunts me, “but you would have none of it”.
God has already given you the answer.
We want to be saved from
the trials. We want to run away when God says rest and stay put.
We want to walk in strength. We want to be strong but God says be quiet and trust me.
Salvation comes from repentance and rest.
Strength comes from quietness and trust.
What do you need to repent of today?
What do you need to rest in today?
What do you need to quiet?
What do you need to trust God in?