Resting in the Lord

28 Jun

What is resting in the Lord? Isaiah 30:15 instructs.
“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.’” Isaiah 30:15
Isaiah 30:15 captures the essence of walking by faith – resting in the Lord:
• Living by faith in the Lord, and having inner peace versus total reliance on oneself, one’s plans, and sometimes schemes, and the subsequent fretting.
• Examine your life; admit and repent of sin; and rest in God’s care. Then by faith, without worry, allow Him to fight your battles, and trust Him with the outcome.
It took me more than three years, after underlining that verse in my Bible on March 8, 2014, to accept that passage, and to live it by faith. When I finally did, it was the turning point in my life. The same can be true for you.
I still had to act during my 5-year divorce saga by pleading my case in court, filing papers and working multiple jobs. But that work was done under the umbrella of faith and trust that the victory would be accomplished by the Lord, not me. And in His perfect timing. If you had done everything you could do, rest in Him and trust Him.
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”
And there is no tricking God. He knows whether we are trusting ultimately in our strength or His. Whether our minds are quiet, or busy.
While sitting in jail for a week during the legal saga, I needed to remind myself of Who God is, and what He has done in the past during the life of the nation of Israel.
Asa, the king of Judah, the southern kingdom, at one time faced 1 million Ethiopians soldiers and 300 chariots!
2 Chronicles Chapter 14 tells how Asa, who “did what was good and right in eyes of the Lord,” reacted to what looked like an impending disaster.
Asa could only count on an army of 300,000 from the tribe of Judah and 280,000 from the tribe Benjamin versus 1 million Ethiopians soldiers and 300 chariots!
Asa was outnumbered about 2 to 1. What was his reaction?
Verse 11 “And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said ‘LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!’”
We rest on You, Asa cried.
The Lord struck the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. They could not recover and “were crushed before the LORD and his forces.” 2 Chronicles 14:13b
Asa’s faith in resting in God mirrors Isaiah 30:15 where Israel was urged to rest in the Lord, quietly and in confidence.
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
Resting in the Lord is the opposite of pride. Pride says I will overcome by the force of my will, my abilities, and my cunning. We need to rest in Him.
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip-he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber or sleep.
The LORD watches over you-the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm-he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121

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