Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Super Size It
"This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says, 'In repentence and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust in your strenth, but you would have none of it.'" Isaiah 30:15
I am reading the book Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles with Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Studies. I am a Facebook small group leader for the study and I am being so blessed by this study!
This week when I read this verse, it hit me as to how many times we chose worry and reason over quietness and trust?
I found it interesting that God says it is in quietness and trust that we find strength and yet according to the Lord (and it is true) people would rather worry and fret than stay in quiet trust.
"but, you would have none of it". Why is that? Why do we choose to worry rather than to rest?
My hope is that after today, we will choose the rest, quiet and trust instead of refusing what the Lord is offering. Why would we have none of the peace the Lord is offering? Why turn down a good thing for something bad? He is offering us a big juicy steak, fries, and chocolate cake (with no calories attached!) and we are settling for stale bread and bitter brussell sprouts.
Let's see all the Lord is offering in Isaiah 30:15:
Another translation of Isaiah 30:15 says, "In returning and rest is your salvation." The word "returning" is the Hebrew word "shuwbah" and it means "retirement or withdrawal". Doesn't that sound nice?
Retirement. *Sigh* Awww..... The word "retirement" infers rest, relaxation, and peace. Let's retire our worry!
The word "salvation" in the Hebrew is "yasha" and you are going to LOVE what it means....VICTORIOUS!
So, when we retire our worry and rest, we are victorious, liberated and delivered!!!
"In quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it."
"Quietness" is translated from the Hebrew word, "shaqat" and means "to be quiet, be tranquil, be at peace, rest, lie still, be inactive." "Trust" means, well, "trust (and confidence)."
Quiet. When we are facing a difficult situation or circumstances, can we quiet our minds, be still and just trust?
Can we listen to the Lord when He says, "Be still and KNOW I am God." (Ps 46:10)?
Will we rest and find victory? Will we be quiet, still, and trust? It is in the quiet and trust we find strength.
Or will we have none of it?
As for me, I would like an extra super size large order of rest, quiet and trust with a huge helping of VICTORY on the side! Give me some of that!
Father, help us to be still and KNOW YOU are God. We surrender our cares over to you, Lord. We give them to You. We choose to rest in You and find victory. We choose to be still and trust You to be our strength. We love you, In Jesus' Name, Amen.