It is the “ing” that makes the difference.
Returning is the continual action of coming back to God. When you are stuck, when you are joyful, when you are desperate, when you are blessed. Returning to God means that you are not walking away from Him and “doing your best” to handle everything. It means bringing everything to Him and asking for help. It means dealing with any direct place of disobedience by bringing it to God and getting it right between you. The root word here means “a place to be refreshed”. It means that Jesus becomes your place of refuge, your go to man in crisis and your best friend to tell secrets to.
Resting in God means that you are not running around trying to protect or guard yourself. You have the best Guard, the best Protector in God. It means resting in Jesus’ work for you on the cross. It means you don’t spend your life earning God’s love but receiving it. Instead you can spend your energy living loved and loving others. It means leaving your past with Jesus and trusting Him with your future. Speaking of trusting…
Trusting God. Right this minute. You may have trusted God in the past but the past is over and the new thing before requires a present and active trusting in God today. Trusting Jesus means you don’t have to manipulate, fret or bully someone else…ever. Trusting Jesus means that you don’t have to understand His ways to trust His heart for you. He loves you…everyday. When you look to other things to “save” you – person, money, a job, you are not trusting (you are striving).
In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not,” Isaiah 30:15 AMP
But you would not….haunting words that deliniate choice.
You must choose returning instead of running.
You must choose resting instead of striving.
You must choose trusting God instead trying to save yourself and everyone around you.
You choose. I choose.
It doesn’t feel like a choice until you repent of what is stopping you from walking in it.
For me? Pride, control issues and fear are my top contenders. But when I bring them before God and lay they down before Him- I feel free to choose. Free to embrace a different mode of operation, a very Christ like one, in fact.
It looks like abundant life to me:
What does it look like to you?