Apr 26

SLL Week 3, Day 5 ~ Take Away and Give Away

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

But you would have none of it…

This is the part we always want to leave off. Myself included. It doesn’t seem very encouraging or something we really want to include on a Pinterest pin. It’s gritty. A little too real. It might make us uncomfortable. But it’s there for a reason. And as we close up our week I want to take a look at this last part of Isaiah 30:15.

To have something.

It’s different than just seeing something. To have something you have to actually choose to pick it up. To take it.

But the Isrealites didn’t want to take it. They didn’t want to listen to what God had to say to them. It didn’t make sense. He was asking them to stay and be still when it made sense to run away. There was a battle impending and the enemy seemed overwhelming. There was no way they could win within their own devices and so they were left with a decision. Be still…trust in the Lord…have confidence in Him, or, trust in themselves.

So what did they do? The next few verses tell us…

You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses. Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! Isaiah 30:16

Horses. And not just any horses, swift horses, but still horses. The Isrealites choose to give into their fear. To choose confidence in themselves over what the Lord was asking them to do. To hop on some horses. Again…it sounds silly! Stay and let God protect me…or try and run away on horse. You would think it would be a no brainer to stick with GOD! The God who parted the Red Sea and set the Isrealites free from captivity. But no…pride got in the way.

And so it gets in the way with all of us too. HE offers us peace. Freedom from stress. Rest and the chance to be confident in Him. Confident that He will take care of things no matter what. And instead we often choose to stress ourselves out, bring the silent killer in a bit closer as we try to take care of it all, and simply place the Lord’s promises on the backburner.

You would have none of it…

Convicting message? Yes. Tough message? Yes. True message? For me…yes. And maybe for you too.

But with God, conviction is never the end of the story. Immediately after the Isrealites choose self-reliance we see this verse:

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18

The Lord longs to be gracious to you. He doesn’t want you to be stressed out, burned out, worked out (except the good kind of work out!), overly tired, and given over to the silent killer. He longs to show you compassion. You don’t have to choose to have none of it. You can have some of it! You can HAVE all of it!

So what is in the way? In the comment section let’s share and encourage each other. What is keeping you from laying down self-reliance, getting off your escape horse, and picking up what the Lord has for you? He offers you salvation, rest, and strength. Freedom from stress. Will you have it?

And before I forget, thank you all so much for commenting throughout the week! The winner of the necklace from The Rusted Chain is Debbie who commented on April 25th at 5:56 AM on the Blog Hop Post. Debbie you can email me at stephkevinryan@hotmail.com with your address and we will get your necklace mailed out!

Any verse mappers out there? Check out Gena Christofferson’s verse map of this week’s reflection verse.

Verse Mapping Gena Group Five-0

On the back of her card, she has a list of verses that cross reference the words “quietness” and “rest.” This is OBS in action and that’s what it’s all about! Bringing God’s Word into your real life! If you’ve been verse mapping, send us your pictures. We might even share it here. Email pics to MelissaTaylorQuestions@gmail.com. Thank you Gena for sharing your verse mapping with us today. We love it!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to share your prayer requests and praises! I have so very much enjoyed spending time with you all this week. It has been an honor! And as I go I want to leave you with this song…one of my favorites!

Love,

Stephanie Clayton

 

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Melissa

Comments

  1. I guess it must be pride and self-reliance, but it is hard to admit it. I always like to know what it ahead, so if I’m in control then I feel like I know what to expect. The problem with that is I miss out on the unexpected things that God has planned. I know his plans and thoughts are much bigger and greater than mine and all I need to do is let go and let God work. It’s hard to know how to begin when I have spent a lifetime trying to do it all myself.

    • Ugh…I know Ellen, right?! I read the part about the Israelites turning to flee on the horses instead of turning to God who could protect them, and I thought, “Wow, I think I do that all the time.” I would say that maybe I am obsessed with having control over the process, not just the outcome. And I too miss out on those things God would want me to have. I pray that both of us find God’s way in this study so that we can experience the fullness he has for us.

  2. Karri (obs leader) says:

    What gets in my way is thinking I can handle everything by myself yet i know God is the only one in control. I’m such a procrastinator but this book is helping me realize that and take a step back and take that 20 minute nap or walk…..my new favorite thing us talking to my girls about all the miracles Jesus performed and how he loved and knew us while we were in our mommy’s tummy. This book couldn’t have came at a better time for me!

  3. Loved this weeks study. Felt very thirst quenched and word hunger satisfied! God has really been cradling and growing my heart through this!!!

  4. Mine would be fear. Worried about what other people will think and what will happen.

  5. Wendy Franke says:

    I have 35 years of putting up a wall isolating myself. Fortunately, it kept out the people who wanted to harm me. Unfortunately, it also kept out the people who wanted to love and care for me – including my precious Lord. It is hard to change any habit. I am blessed to be part of this OBS where I am surrounded by love and encouragement and can “relearn” to trust.

  6. You know I never thought of it as my pride getting in the way. I know often I try and take care of problems that stress me first when I should be running to God and giving it to Him. He should be my first responder not after I can’t handle it any more. Loved the song ” Come to the river” never heard it before. I get a lot from songs. This study is teaching me so much, being vulnerable has scared me but did step out and was totally vulnerable in my blog hop as I knew someone from my church was going to read it, couldn’t hide but sure was hyper when I pushed share for them to read. Learning but have a long way to go. Trust is something I am learning once more to do, even slowly.

  7. Wow! we were definitely on the same page today. I finished my blog and then headed over to your page to finish up the week. While your words are much more eloquent than mine, the intent is still the same. The hard part of the verse is the end. But, the redemption of the passage comes in verse 20 of that chapter. I used it in my blog.

    Thank you so much for this study. I am truly enjoying getting in touch with the causes of my stress so that I can better give them up to God’s redemptive grace.

    In Him,
    Lynn

  8. I suppose what’s keeping me from having that perfect peace that God grants, is all the false promises that the world offers. If you just had this planner, you would be less stressed. If you just went to this school, you would be less stressed. If you had this job, you’ve be less stressed. These empty promises keep the work high, and the stress high as well .There’s no reprieve. And you would think I would know by now that these promises don’t offer the same serenity as God’s promises, but I keep falling for them over and over again. I’m starting to learn that God and all that he offers will truly bring me less stress. And when I really think about it, doing more things, piling more things into my life that just end up being useless clutter… I don’t really need what the world offers. I need God.

    • Karri (obs leader) says:

      I love this Bre!!! You make wonderful, valid points! Our world had become so consumed with technology, social media, and as you stated ” if you had this, your life will be so much better.” When all we need is Christ. I think back to the “old” days when times were simpler and most people depended and trusted God for everything. I wonder if pride was an issue back then though because so often, that’s the reason people trust themselves to get things accomplished when in all actuality, it’s God who is in control….thank you for pointing this out for me. I’m going to be pondering on it today and praying for everyone to put pride aside and trust God…….

  9. Disobedience…that is the real problem for me. I was always so quick to say, “Yes, I trust you God,” or, ” I will do what you ask of me.” But then I did it my way and for much of my life I felt like the Israelites. Doing it my way, letting fear control my actions. I am glad God got ahold of me and made me realize the error of my ways!

    Have a blessed weekend!

  10. Michelle says:

    For me it is pride. I like to think I can handle anything without any help. Even though God is the one in control I like to think that I am. What if God doesn’t do it like I would. His way is better but I like things my way.

  11. I have loved this weeks study. I find that I need to be in control or if I say I am gonna give it to GOD it just seems like he is not working quick enough to solve things. When I am the one with the timing issue. I know if I give it to him I can’t take it back. I should let o and move on and pray about things. That is my biggest problem. I let go but pick it back up thinking I can do take care of things. I am so wrong and I must realize that God is in control and his timing is perfect.

  12. Melissa Warner says:

    What gets in my way….. my biggest challenge is myself. Trying to do things my way, I do think that is a Frank Sinatra song, I always fail at it. I was on my way to work and I was just thinking about what we read in chapter 3 and what a coincidence on the news just in case some of you didn’t catch it on most of the morning news channels they were talking about states that have the highest stress levels. Hmmm, I realized that I can choose to let my joy be robbed or not, get on the horse or not. My choice….. I suggest, lets stop letting the enemy rob us of our joy. I know I’m done letting him take mine.

  13. I think my favorite part of this verse is “in quietness and trust is your strength” It is so hard to just be quiet. I am always on the go. Sometimes I think we just have to stop and be still and listen to what God has for us. God is in control and there have been times in my life where I had to remind myself of that. When I thought I didn’t know what the future held I later learned God had a plan for me. Doors have been closed only to find that if they hadn’t I wouldn’t have been in the position for the next opening. Prov. 3:5-6 and have always been my favorite verses. I have it on a plaque in my bathroom to remind me daily to trust in Him and He will lead me. I can’t say I always trust first. I am a work in progress. I really want to start making “Christ my first responder and not a last resort”

    • Oh yes a work in progress. I know I am for sure as well. But each day, each time, we choose to trust him our capacity to trust increases. So day by day we grow in him according to his will! A huge blessing!

  14. I think the reason I am holding back my self-reliance is fear as well as my own limitations. If I let God have complete control, God may ask me to do something that stretches my faith. The main reason that bothers me is that I don’t want to let God down. I really do not want my physical limitations to impede God’s plans to work in and through me either. Even as I am writing this, I feel God reminding me that He would never lead me to do anything He can’t equip me for.

  15. To answer the question…it would be fear to trust. I don’t know that I really trust myself, but I trust everyone else less. A lifetime with those I love and care about lying to me or about me has left me shielded. I know that shouldn’t count with God. He is bigger than humanity; His creation. But I still hold back. I still hold on. I still don’t want to let go. I still want to run. Just like the Israelites. I am praying that with God I learn to stand rather than run from that which hurts me.

  16. You have been an awesome OBS leader this week, Stephanie! It was such a blessing to read your thoughts and comments,especially today. You are definitely right about the last part of this week’s verse. It really stepped on my toes, but what a blessing in that! This week, one of mine and my husbands greatest friends experienced some really scary emergency situations, including surgery this morning followed by recovery with chest tubes. But The Lord is leading Him to recovery. Even though I prayed for our friend, my anxiety over the entire situation was still great. One of my many limitations as a human. I never doubt whether or not The Lord will heal someone I love. My doubt comes in whether or not God will heal my loved ones the way I want Him to, according to my plan. It sounds silly to even type it, as if I think for one second I know how any simple plan I have even comes close to the healing hand of God. We think what we know is best, what we want is important. But as Laura Story says in her song, Blessings,
    “And all the while, You hear each spoken need yet love us way too much to give us lesser things.”
    A lesson I need to remember. God bless you, and thank you again for you wonderful leadership this week.

    • So true. It’s an honor to spend time with y’all this week walking through verses with my sisters. And you are so right. We are all human and want what we want. And yet His will is so perfect. I often need to be reminded of that too. Praying you have a wonderful week.

  17. This week was Great Stephanie. I did verse map Isaiah 30:15. I was going to right it on my blog but you have pretty much summed it up the same as I did. I think that my problem is not riding off on a horse but giving everything to God and being Queit and calm. This verse has helped me a lot this week because I felt like riding off on my horse but instead when I would think of the problem that I needed God to take I kept telling my self to be quiet and calm. to be still Gods Horse was much faster than mine, also God would make everything prefect and his plan for my problem would be all so much better than any plan I could come up with. I am going to stay with God unlike Israel did.

  18. This has been an amazing week! I kept my card on my nightstand and looked at it often through the day–my room is my office. Thursday, it disappeared and I almost panicked! Turns out my 5 year old took it to the living room lol! Even when not looking at it, the words that I underlined earlier in the week, were etched in my heart.
    Return
    Wait
    Quietness
    Confidence

    I also was troubled with “but you would have none of it”, often. So many things I see are my fault alone. He wants to help but when I keep picking stuff up…well…

  19. Pat (OBS small group leader) says:

    While I’ve been in thanksgiving for my son’s first week as a civilian, my heart is heavy tonight because he had some of his buddies over tonight who are soon returning to Afghanistan.

    Heavenly Father, I praise You as our Strength and our Shield. I lift up families of loved ones serving overseas, and ask for Your Hand in their lives. I humbly ask for strength for those who are left at home: wives, children, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, grandparents and even husbands. Please help these families during deployments and surround them with Your workers who will help them. I ask for a hedge of protection around our service members who are serving overseas, especially those who are serving in hostile areas. Please guide their footsteps when on duty and when they lay their heads down to sleep, please give them restorative rest so they will be alert for duty. Please protect their minds from the things they’ve seen and shield them from they arrows of the enemy, both physical and mental. Please guide Christian service members to lost service members, and may their lives be a light to those who are fumbling in the darkness because they need You in their lives. Father, I love You and ask these things in the precious, precious name of Your Son, Jesus, for Your glory alone. Amen.

  20. Dar Floyd says:

    Mine is control. I’ve always been a person who had to have control with everyone who crosses my path or in my life including God. I always thought I was helping instead of controlling people and God but realized as I do this study it’s control. I still do sometimes but this study is helping me with my problem of controlling. Pride is my other problem. I’ve always been a very independent person. I’ve had TIA’s, mini strokes, about 3 times in the last 1 1/2 yrs. I just had another one last Saturday. Today my hubby, Dale told me he’d help me with my memory and thinking of things/words and I said, “OK, I need that help”. Well, about an hour later he’s try to help me and I think he is telling me what to do, being controlling and trying to take my indepence away. My stress level is getting some better since study this book but it wasn’t very good sometimes this afternoon when were in the car for an hour. Didn’t last long with me did it! LOL I’ve been off estrogen for about a month but…….still! Started back on it later this afternoon. I’ve, also, had degenrtive arthritis for 10 yrs and my hubbby has to do all the vaccuming and heavy lifting. He has been doing all the cleaning since we have a small house and sometimes all of his wash or both of our wash even though he still works. I appreciate this very much and tell him when he does these things and oftener but sometimes I feel usless and feel like my indepence is being taken away from me. Please pray for me that I will learn to let go of my pride and control. I, also, need to quit feeling usless and realize I do things around home I need to quit being concerned about my independence. I need and want to give this all to God. Please pray that I can do this and pray for my health. Thank you, ladies for listen to my wordy msge. My family say I tell the long version and please tell the short version! LOL Thanks, Tracie for writing this book. Melissa, thanks for choosing this study, leading it and your blogs. Blessings to all the Proverbs 31 girls.

  21. I just want to be able to handle it all. I don’t think that I am prideful but I can’t explain it any other way. I don’t expect anyone else to work full time, be a full time mother, house keeper, cook, wife, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, choir director and pulpit committee member so why do I constantly put myself down because I am not handling it? Is that pride?

  22. I think for it is not being sure of what Gods plan really is so not being able to trust in it fully. I want to. But sometimes Gods plan surprises us and it can be really hard or painful and it is hard to give him the ultimate trust instead of going with my plan that of coarse has things easy and as painless as possible.

  23. Trust…. I say I give it to God, but then I end up doing what I can to fix things. I am learning to pray about things thou ….I am learning……..

  24. amy black says:

    thank you so much Stephanie clayton.. this was a fabulous share from your heart.. I have truly enjoyed this week… I am at this very moment having the start of a panic attack… the song I have never heard of before, but it hit home .. my pride, my thinking I can control things, my thoughts or whatever is pride,, period.. never thought of it that way .. but it is… ily girlie,, and from the bottom of my heart thank you… please pray that God will open a door for me to be at the she speaks convention… I know these desires are not just mine… keep doing what you do.. in Jesus name… and again.. thank you…

    • Amy…do you ever listen to KLOVE radio? This song and more are so filled with inspiration, incorporating scripture and music that will make you want to rock out or meditate or just soak it in and enjoy…hope you try it.

  25. Just finished chapter 3…read and reread the section Discovering the Great Physician…I Know it! I Believe it! I Live it! But there are still times when I do not turn to Him immediately… working on it!
    I struggled a bit when reading the Swimming Against the Current section regarding parenting. My children are now 33, 30, and 24. Although the older two completed some formal religious instruction, my youngest missed out. I was a single mom with 3 kids and an ex who wound up in jail, served his time and fled the state. I worked full time, had a supportive family but began to take the easy way out the tireder I got…returned with all my heart to the Lord but still found it too difficult to “persevere” as it was put. My children all believe but I don’t see them in relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus. I do believe that it is never too late, so I pray for them everyday to open their hearts and souls to Him…through the Holy Spirit! In Jesus’ name. Amen