"For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said:
'You will be delivered by returning and resting;
your strength will lie in quiet confidence.
But you are not willing.'
Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy,
and is rising up to show you compassion,
for the Lord is a just God.
All who wait patiently for Him are happy
(Isaiah 30:15, 18, HCSB).
There are so many good verses here. I love how it says that God will deliver his people when they return and rest. When they are truly willing to be delivered. Isn't that often true of life? We say we want God to take over, to deliver us from a problem, a temptation, a predicament, yet we don't really let go. We hold on with a firm grip, convinced that we can do it better on our own. God is right there waiting, waiting for us to finally, truly, let go, so that He can move. Isaiah reminds us that God is there, He's ready to show us compassion, ready to work through us. He's just waiting on stubborn you and me to move. I honestly don't know why I fight so hard. I'm probably afraid, fearful of what will happen when I let go. But these verses remind us that God has such a beautiful plan in store. The last verse says that those who wait patiently for Him are happy. Happy! I fight so hard against something, worrying, fretting, stressing, when I could just be happy! The irony is clear to me. It's so much better when we just let go and let God!
One of my favorite commentators is, by far, Matthew Henry. His words on Isaiah 30 truly struck me:
Would we be strengthened to do what is required of us and to bear what is laid upon us? It must be in quietness and in confidence; we must keep our spirits calm and sedate by a continual dependence upon God, and his power and goodness; we must retire into ourselves with a holy quietness, suppressing all turbulent and tumultuous passions, and keeping the peace in our own minds. And we must rely upon God with a holy confidence that he can do what he will and will do what is best for his people. And this will be our strength; it will inspire us with such a holy fortitude as will carry us with ease and courage through all the difficulties we may meet with. ("Text Commentaries: Matthew Henry (Blue Letter Bible: Isaiah)." Blue Letter Bible. Sowing Circle. Web. 23 Jul, 2014).
Sometimes, we have to supress those pasions, we have to push them aside and replace them with everything true, everything right. We have to pray the tumuluous things out, and pray peace, pray truth in their place. What a needed reminder. When our eyes are focused on Jesus, that peace will carry us through whatever difficulties we may face. I don't know about you, but I was truly encouraged by this. Encouraged to spend time with Jesus, to dwell quietly in His peace, and to know, with certainitly, that Jesus is always beside me through life's struggles.
What is there really to fear?