rest and delivery

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.
 You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’
    Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses’ (Isaiah 30:15-16). 

Our salvation/delivery comes from resting, leaning into Jesus for restoration of our souls, minds, and bodies. Yet we choose not to be delivered- we’d rather rush around.  Verse 16 says we’ll escape on fast horses, but even the horse tires and needs rest.

Resting means trusting someone else with the events and activities around us–that they will be able to handle it, instead of us trying to hurry, hurry and do more than we should be doing. Twenty-four hour businesses feed this kind of “constant” busyness. Our previous generations recognized their time for work and rest with defined hours of work and rest, of boundaries and balances.

Our generation has bought the lie that we need more, when God keeps saying, “Trust Me, I am enough.” Will we hear Him?

O Best Beloved,  we cannot be at peace if we are not also at rest from time to time.

So stop. Put it down, put it aside, turn off the TV which promotes the “more” mentality.

Be still (Psalm 46:10) and rest. If it means taking a nap, do it. If it means taking a leisurely walk, go ahead.  Just exhale and trust that God is enough. His ways are perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4). Release your to-do list and put it in God’s hands. He is big enough to handle it.

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!

 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. . . Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it”  (Isaiah 30:18, 19, 21). 

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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