In the midst of heavy trials, when life feels under attack, God says, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength,” Isaiah 30:15.
What He asks doesn’t make sense.
We’ve got to do something!
Build defenses. Fortify walls. Sling weapons over shoulders. March into battle.
Now, that sounds more realistic!
There is a time to go to war, but more often, God calls us to rest, to be confident in Him.
To “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord,” (Exodus 14:13).
But it can get lonely, it can go long, and busy is a temptation that will scream loud.
I don’t know about you, but it’s at these times that I find it more tumultuous to buckle down. To abide in trust. But to those who do so, He makes this promise: salvation and strength. The very power of God!
When I think of all that I can do in my own efforts, I become exhausted and weary. Beat and defeated. The very power of God sounds like music to my ears.
And though it makes no sense, it cost me nothing: just returning and rest.
It’s He who paid the price.
With His own blood, the battle is won.
Standing still, my eyes will behold the salvation of the Lord.
And I’ve come to see that this rest is His greatest gift to me.
I’m joining the community at Five Minute Friday, writing on the prompt, Rest.