– By Pastor Ruth Denboer
In Pastor Vern’s last blog he wrote about how we spend our time. Sometimes we waste our time however, it may even be time well wasted if we plan right. This week much of the reading was in Isaiah, which is not an easy book to read without context. I really just want to focus on a few of the verses that I read from Isaiah 30.
First, verse 15 ‘This is what the 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.”’
Sometimes we not only waste our time on things that don’t matter, but sometimes we spend a lot of time trying so hard in our own way to fix things, or sort things out, or simply work so hard at being good enough. It can be exhausting! The beauty of this verse is how it simplifies life by reminding us to rest in the confident hope of a God who loves us dearly. He wants us to know that He can handle life for us. This is the God who has already done everything necessary to save us. We will never be good enough … or smart enough to get it all right. Only when we stop our personal struggles, return to Him, and rest in Him, will we truly know peace. As we take the time in a quiet place to remind ourselves of His greatness and His faithfulness, we are able to let things go into His care and trust Him. In THIS place we can know a deeper confidence than we have the ability to even understand. This becomes our strength through any and every situation. This verse is talking about the simple but very powerful every day miracle of walking in relationship with God. When Jesus died for our sins, all of our struggling to be good enough was complete. When Jesus sent His Spirit to live within us, all of our struggling to be enough was complete. We have everything we need in Him.
I’ll close with verse 18 ‘So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.