The Word Speaks


        Rest. It’s something all of us need in order to function well. It’s a chance for our minds to unravel some of the knots in our complicated thinking. It’s a time when tired emotions and bodies are refreshed and prepared for the next task ahead.

        But let’s face it. Rest is something we often go without. Our days are full of phone calls and meetings, errands and chores, people and places. Even when we stop to sleep, the concerns of the day sometimes crowd into our beds with us making it nearly impossible to sleep.

        The prophet Isaiah wrote: “For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, In repentance (i.e.. returning) and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength. But you were not willing, and you said, No, for we will flee on horses...Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.” (Isaiah 30:15-16)

        The Lord is reminding us that our strength does not lie in our own ability to get the job done. Rather, it lies in repentance (i.e.. returning to fellowship with the Lord Jesus) and rest. Or more accurately, our strength lies in the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, who invites us to trust in His all-sufficient power.

        Why were the Israelites not willing to trust in the Lord? Why did they prefer to trust that their own armies would protect them against their enemies? Why are we not willing to rest in the Lord Jesus?

        Perhaps it is pride. A stubborn refusal to admit that we need help. Perhaps it is unbelief. A nagging suspicion that God is not able (or not willing) to handle this situation. Perhaps it is fear that keeps us from calling out to the Lord Jesus for help.

        But the warning to us is clear. Those who continue to rely on their own strength to deliver them from their difficulties will be overcome by the very things they dread. How much better is it to trust in the strength of the Lord? Not only is He able to handle all of the concerns in your day...He longs to take care of you. Will you not let the sovereign, gracious and loving Lord of the Universe care for you today?

        “Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18)

        Let it not be said of us that we were not willing to trust in the provision of the Lord Jesus. It is time for us to put our heads on the pillow of His Sufficiency and rest.


Written by Christine Wichert

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