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.’
– Isaiah 30:15
Through the prophet Isaiah, God spends some time telling His people all the ways in which they’ve gone wrong. They are rebellious. Stubborn. Going their own way rather than embracing God’s way. Repentance & REST. Quietness and TRUST. But they would have none of it, God says.
I sit back, think to myself, “I’m glad I’m not one of them.” How powerful are those words when God said to them, “but you would have none of it!”
How could they be so foolish? Why would they DO that? Who would choose not to trust and follow God? The smug little voice in my head says, “I’m glad I talk to God every day, and study my bible, and go to church, follow God’s lead. I’m glad I’m not rebellious or stubborn at all!”
“Repentance and rest, quietness and trust, these are what god wants.
These are what they (WE) need, but they (WE) refuse God’s ways.”
-Asbury Bible Commentary
And it’s that very moment, the still, small, (oh-so-annoyingly correct) voice says, “Oh, but aren’t you? Are you not just as stubborn and rebellious?
Relentlessly trying to figure out the best way to do something?
Relying on your own strength rather than resting in Mine?
Making decisions based on your own limited understanding rather than trusting in MY infinite knowledge and grand plans for you?
The truth hurts, and that one stings. Quite a bit, actually.
Repentance and rest. Quietness and trust. But YOU would have none of it.
Those last 7 words strike a wound deep: I hang my head low.
*I* would have none of it.
“Hey God, it’s me. I’m sorry. I’ve done it again. I keep doing it, trusting myself more than I trust in You. Struggling with my own weakness instead of resting in your strength. I’m sorry. Forgive me. Again. (And again and again and again, because as much as I want this to be the last time, I know I’ll fail you again.) Help me to embrace your way, and forget mine.”
Repentance and Rest.
Quietness and Trust.
This is what God has for you. For me. For us.
Do you want to give the Sovereign Lord, the Holy one of Israel reason to say of you, “But you would have none of it?”
I want ALL of it…