Day 317: Isaiah 30:15a (November 13)

So, given what we read yesterday, how should we conduct ourselves?

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”   Isaiah 30:15a

This is a far cry from what we see most people doing.  But God is not concerned with popular or “normal”.  He stays the same, from everlasting to everlasting.  He is steady.  He is that still small Voice.

Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord,” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquakes; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.  1 Kings 19:11-12

There are moments when we hear His voice and it leads us out into the world to declare, but there are other moments when He draws us back and upon hearing Him our response is to be one of humility and quiet trust.

In a world that is telling us to constantly “do” and “be” more, our salvation is found in repentance and rest.  In a world that screams and demands “rights”, we are to find strength in quietness and trust.

One thing that always remains the same though, we should always be looking for His heart.   Where is He showing you His heart today?  When you see His heart somewhere or moving over something, that’s where you should be focused.  Don’t ever discount that.  Don’t ever fall into the belief that He only moves in certain places, on the contrary, He can move in ALL places.  We must be willing to go anywhere.  To do anything, including being still.  We’ve grown so accustomed to “doing”, that I believe many of us have forgotten how to be still.  Myself included.

In fact, God recently convicted me of this and I have been practicing stillness.  It’s an inside job.  And when things happen that make me want to dash into the flurry, I remind myself Who is on the throne and where salvation comes from.

In Christ alone, my Hope is found.

God, You alone are my hope.  Forgive me for any time I have let media or others rob me of my peace.  I know it’s up to me to avoid those pitfalls.  I am Yours and I know You are for me, so I will not fear.  I know that my success in life is not based on who is in political office or what I see with my eyes.  I know that the unseen is more real than anything else.  This world is not my home, Your heart is.  Help me to continue to rest within Your heart.  Hope is never lost when You are present.