This morning I read that “In quietness (spending time alone with God) and confident trust (relying on God’s sufficiency) is your strength.” I wish I could tell you that being still and getting quiet before God was easy for me, but it is not. It has nothing to do with not wanting to, not knowing how vitally important it is, or it not being a priority, but everything to do with my type A personality that is always on the move and my mind that rarely stops bouncing. Because it is not natural for me, I have to be intentional about this requirement (not request).
As I began to further marinate on this thought and to really take it in, the Lord challenged me to look into the Word where this is found. Isaiah 30:15 says, “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.”
Not sure about you, but somewhere in this verse I read that these people were weak and distraught – without strength because of…
- Repentance (Lack of…)
- Rest (Refusal to…)
- Noise (Distracted by…)
- Doubt (Divided by…)
I could write pages on each of these items, but the reality is ‘strength’ was fully available to them, but they “would have none of it.” Is that you today? Everything that you could possibly need, desire, wish for, or want is fully available to you, but you “won’t have any of it” because you will not take responsibility for your bad decisions, refuse to rest in the promises of God (because you think you can handle it on your own), allowing the distractions of the noise of naysayers and disappointments to divide your thoughts till the point that you find yourself doubting whether or not God has “got you.”
If this is you, I challenge you to Stop, Drop, and Roll. Stop and simply ask God to forgive you for your sins, drop the habit of making excuses to justify your busyness, and roll into this day knowing that all the strength you need to rise above any circumstance that comes your way is found in getting quiet before God and trusting Him to be God.