“This is what Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you will have none of it’.” Isaiah 30:15 NLT (emphasis added)
Return. Rest. Quiet. Confidence. These four words are many times extremely difficult for us to live out, especially when we are confronted with a struggle. But the honest truth is that all of us have struggles. Even though each person’s struggle may seem different on the outside, the core of each one is simple: there is something happening that we don’t like. And instead of resting in God’s authority and strength, we try to fix the situation in our limited human ability. But there are just some things that are out of our control.
Yes, God wants us to use the mind and imagination He has gifted us to influence circumstances according to His will. However, He allows us to enter storms that we can’t change, fix or make disappear. And in these situations we must Return to God, Rest in His sovereignty, remain Quiet in His strength, and have Confidence in His will. It is a scary proposition this “letting go of control,” but it is so freeing. Knowing that there is absolutely nothing we can do to solve the problem forces us to make a choice. We can either allow worry to strangle our peace and joy or we can reach outside of ourselves for a supernatural peace and joy that is only found in God.
During the prophetic ministry of Isaiah, God’s people were confronted with the same choice. Sadly, they chose to try to fix the problem themselves, which concluded in their ultimate destruction. God allows both good and evil to bring the fruition of His plan on earth, and we need to accept both as they come. We do not live in a perfect world, but we do have a perfect God. He does not let a single tear to be shed unnoticed. He sees everything, and He will shine His glory in our broken world. But we have to trust Him.
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”
Psalm 56:8 NLT
We can take God at His Word. When we Return, Rest and remain Quiet and Confident before Him, He may not save the situation, but He does promise to save us. No matter what is happening in this world, we can rest assured that as Christ-followers we will have eternal life in heaven with God. Regardless of how gray and dreary this life becomes, we can have peace that we will dwell with God forever. And just that truth should give every cloudy day a silver lining. We remain safe and secure in the palm of God’s hand, and nothing and no one can force us away from His presence.
“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
John 10:28 NIV