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.
Apparently God has a desirable life for His children. Isaiah 30:15 is in the context of people who are rebelling. They were living life irregardless of God. They were living as if God couldn’t see or didn’t notice. God said “Woe to the obstinate children… to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance but not by my spirit…” (Isaiah 30:1)
This desirable life is about:
- Repentance and rest
- Quietness and trust
- Listening more than speaking
- Avoiding anger and pursuing the Christ-like life
Does the life I am pursuing reflect God’s preference for me? Do I desire the same life that God desires for me? The subtle trap in living for God is striving in my own strength rather than resting in Christ and being renewed by His Spirit.
Father, You have expressed Your desire for me and You’ve said that it is salvation for me. I give You me. Save me and incarnate Your life in me today. I love You.