Wow, I have quiet the theme going on here….I need to expand on some ideas and put it all in a book. I have a post on the “Orphan Spirit” and the “Stepson Spirit”…what’s next? Actually just thinking about some things we talked about tonight at our Small group.
Open to Isaiah 30
For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel:
“ In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (vs. 15)
Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you.
For the LORD is a God of justice; (vs 18)
Blessed are all those who wait for Him….
You shall weep no more.
He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry;
When He hears it, He will answer you.
And though the Lord gives you
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction,
Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore,
But your eyes shall see your teachers.
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“ This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.
So here’s the deal, He is waiting on you to slow down, settle down, simmer down, calm down, REST (that means STOP DOING EVERYTHING) and call on HIM!!!
When you return to Him and rest; when you quiet yourself then you will find confidence in Him and it will be a strength to you. If you continue to spin your wheels and race around, doing, doing, doing….He will wait. He will wait to be gracious to you.
Beth Moore described it like this today, Her daughter is teaching her grandson Jackson his first scripture, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20. Her daughter said, this makes us happy. When Jackson obeys us it frees us up to bless him. This is true with our relationship with God too… When we obey Him, it frees Him up to BLESS and FAVOR us. Do you desire BLESSING? Obey God and the blessings will follow. He is just waiting for you to obey Him so He can show you His grace.
REST and call upon Him, He is waiting to show you grace and mercy. He wants to teach you…He wants you to know Him as a teacher. He doesn’t really like allowing adversity and affliction to teach you, He wants to teach you. The thing about God is most of the time (as in I Kings 19), He is the still small voice. And the thing about a still small voice; whisper is, you must be very quiet in order to hear it. REST. Find that quiet place.
You know that place before you really wake up; the stirring place before you are fully awake. That is a very similar place to the REST that God speaks of. You are conscious but very still. It is a place where dreams kiss real life. REST. Obey. Be Quiet. Listen. What is He saying?