Isaiah 30:15-16 “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling, 16 and you said, “No! We will flee upon horses”; therefore you shall flee away;
and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”; therefore your pursuers shall be swift.
Wow! This was in my devotions today and took me back to last week: “Run run as fast as you can…” Why is the Lord pushing so hard on this topic, I have no idea.
This passage is talking about how Israel/Jerusalem fell(Let’s be honest, they turned their back’s) away from God and what they need(ed) to do to get back.
You know the way I say God always speaks to me in threes? Last week He was speaking to me about this very topic. Last night Eric and I were listening to an End Time Ministry program and a dude called in to say,” I fell into my old life, what do I do now? I knew it was wrong, one little thing happened which led to another… In the end I really messed up. What do I do?” The way he asked the question it was almost like he thought God wouldn’t take him back. This morning’s devotional makes three. Anyway…
Reverend Baxter asked him, “Who loves you more satan or God?“ His answer, “Well, God does.“
Baxter then proceeded with, “If Satan took you back that quickly, how much faster would God take you back since He loves you more?” Lightbulb!
This passage in Isaiah lays it out. There’s no running to gain forgiveness. The faster and further we run the more we’re pursued by whatever is chasing us. The path to rest…is repentance. That’s the quiet. We think we have to move to build muscle, but the strength comes in the rest and trust : quietness.
EERK! Repentance is a big word. What the heck does it mean? It means, STOP running. Take a breath. Admit that you screwed up, say you’re sorry, and stop doing it. Turn… Walk away. Trust Him, He’s got this so rest. Let Him deal with whatever is chasing you. Who can do a better job at beating your enemies (whatever is pursuing you), you or Him?
Confession: This week God put the brakes on: I throughout my back again. Believe it or not, it was coffee related! I just leaned over to pour out the dribble in the bottom of my cup next to the car and Bam! There it went. Why? I have no idea. I’m not fighting it. Eric helped me lay down and we prayed about it. I was able to get through the weekend better than previously and it is slowly on the amends. This is my reminder that the strength I need is found in the rest that I haven’t been willing to take for a while. My, “going, going, going,” means eventually, my pursuers, my back issue, is going to come up and overtake me, as it’s always pursuing me. Right now I need to find my strength and healing in rest.
Are you running? What is pursuing you? Do you need rest and strength? All I know is this verse says to stop. Rest. Repent. Trust. You’ll gain strength.
These are not my words, but I share them with you, my dear friend. Please stop running. Rest.
Until next time: Blessings