Do you ever find, in those tough moments of your life, there’s certain sins that keep creeping back in and haunting you? You know, the ones you think you’ve turned away from but then SMACK, under the pressures of your day there they are unexpectedly hitting you square in the face yet again!
I was reading in the book of Judges about the Israelite journey and how, after finally reaching the promised land after 40 years of wandering the dessert, they still fell back to their old habits of worshipping other God’s – ugh!
When I read this I want to shout into the pages, “What on earth are you doing?! Can’t you see all that God has done for you and given you?!” … I imagine God could shout these very same things at me all too often.
In Isaiah 30:15, we read:
“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.’”
That last part stings a little doesn’t it? I don’t know if this happens for you too, but when I read this my name echo’s in my mind after the word “you”:
“…but you, Katrina, would have none of it.”
Sigh…yes, reading this verse awakens my heart to the work that is still to be done there. But where do we begin? How do we overcome these moments of weakness so that rather than being launched back into our past sins, we can instead be led forward into living fully in Christ?
THE HEART LESSON:
There are some very important clues we’ve been given for this in Isaiah 30:15. Let’s read it again with a little emphasis of my own added here:
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy one of Israel says: ‘In REPENTENCE and REST is your SALVATION, in QUIETNESS and TRUST is your STRENGTH…”
Repentance, rest, salvation, quietness, trust, strength …
So where do we find our salvation? And where do we find our strength to repent and rest? How about reading it like this:
REPENTANCE (of our sins to God)
+ REST (in God)
= SALVATION (from our sins)
QUIETNESS (with God)
+ TRUST (in God)
= STRENGTH (to repent & rest)
CALL TO ACTION:
Knowing this then begs us to ask:
- How am I doing with resting in our Lord?
- Am I resting in quietness, or am I allowing the clamor of the world to overtake my thoughts?
- Am I putting my trust in God and His Word, or am I allowing the world to cloud my feelings with doubt instead?
Will you take time today to honestly evaluate yourself with these questions – to discover and identify what desert you’re wondering and sin you’re circling? Will you choose with me to stop being among those who “would have none of it” and instead decide to Remain in God in those tough moments of our lives?
Remember, when we choose to:
- Remain in rest IN Him
- Remain in quietness WITH Him
- And remain in trust OF Him
THEN He may purify our hearts from all unrighteousness and we can truly begin experiencing life lived fully in Him as he intended for all of His children.
Father, we thank you for your Word today. We thank you for your love, grace, mercy, patience and forgiveness. We continually set ourselves up to trip over the snares of the enemy by not remaining in you when our troubled times arise. Lord, we ask that you would help us to remember and always seek rest in you, quietness with you, and trust in you in those moments so that we may remain strong in you to resist falling into our old sins. God, we thank you in advance for those reminders and for your unfailing compassion when we do fall. In Jesus name, Amen.
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