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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!