“In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15b
My to-do list is a constantly rotating set of chores to complete, errands to run, and events to attend. Time for God is often just one of the things I have to do. Once I have ticked that box, I can move on to the next item that needs to be completed.
Rest and quietness often get in the way of this kind of day-to-day living. And yet this is exactly what God calls us to. All we must do to receive salvation is confess our sins to God, accept Jesus’ sacrifice in our place and then rest, knowing he has made a way so that we can be saved. We can add nothing to the salvation that Jesus accomplished for us!
Likewise, the strength to love God by loving and helping others comes from quietly trusting that God will equip us in the ways that he calls us.
The author of Psalm 46 knew the need to be quiet before the Lord when he wrote, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted above the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)
Fear and trouble may be all around us yet God’s plans will be accomplished, and His name will be glorified. God simply requires us to rest in that knowledge, and then move in obedience when He calls us to action.
God, You are full of goodness and mercy. Thank you that You call me to times of rest as well as times of action. Please help me to have peace and rest as I wait on You. Help me to grow in my love for You as I trust You in all things, and see Your hand at work in my life. In Your name I pray, amen.
Are you giving God the silent treatment?