Isaiah 30:15 - We Need To Repent And Rest in God Placing Our Full Confidence And Trust In..

Isa.30:15; We Need To Repent And Rest in God Placing Our Full 
Confidence And Trust In Him. 

CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Isa 30:15 (AMP)  For thus said the Lord God, the Holy one of 
Israel: In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in 
quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you 
would not, 

Isa 30:15 (TLB)  For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, says: 
"Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved; in 
quietness and confidence is your strength"; but you'll have none of this. 

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

Isaiah condemned Judah's decision to rebel against Assyria and 
make a treaty with Egypt. That treaty was a covenant with death 
(28:1-29), and God's unresponsive people would suffer humiliation 
(29:1-24). Plans made without consulting God will fail (30:1-31:9), yet 
God's plan to establish a righteous kingdom will succeed (32:1-20). In 
His time God will arise. Jerusalem will again experience peace 
(33:1-24). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

In the previous chapter, Isaiah denounces those who seek human 
support, instead of depending on the Lord. In chs. 30 and 31, Isaiah 
addresses the specific folly of depending on Egypt. This woe oracle 
consists of a condemnation of dependence on Egypt (vv. 1-17) and a 
promise that the Lord will save Israel and destroy Assyria (vv. 18-33). 
[Nelson SB] 

This section reflects the existence of a pro-Egyptian party in 
Hezekiah's court. God warned that true deliverance was not to be found in 
Egypt but in the security of his own person. Zoan (better known today 
as Tanis) is located in the northeast region of the Nile Delta. 
Hanes (known today as Ahnas) is located west of the Nile about 
fifty-five miles south of Memphis. [New Bible Companion] 

Judah Should Trust the LORD, Not Egypt
A Rebellious People  (30:8-17)

CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.

Jeremiah 3:22-23 (KJV)  Return, ye backsliding children, and I 
will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art 
the Lord our God. [23] Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the 
hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God 
is the salvation of Israel.  

John 5:40 (KJV)  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have 

COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?

The leaders of Israel were not men of faith. They were men of 
sight. With trouble approaching them from the Assyrian power, their 
sight convinced them that there was safety in Egypt and her swift 
horses. God, through the prophet Isaiah, was showing them that the way 
of deliverance sought by them was wrong. Their strength was not to 
be found in themselves or in Egypt. Salvation was to be found 
through faith in God. By returning to him and resting in him, they would 
find safety. A quiet, patient trust in their God would make them 
strong. When danger threatens, it is difficult to abstain from using 
one's own strength. It is most difficult to maintain inward composure 
and not trust in externals. But true faith is a confidence which 
casts every concern upon the Lord. One is strongest when reliance is 
greatest in the Lord. [Daily Devotional Bible] 

Our work is an important part of our identity. We have a 
legitimate need to contribute and to feel competent. Too often, however, 
this legitimate need is distorted by a compulsion to work. We work 
and work and work because we want to prove ourselves. When our 
identity and value are primarily wrapped up in our productivity, it 
provides us with an appearance of strength. But this strength does not go 
deep - it is only a matter of appearances. The more we achieve or 
produce, the more anxious we become. We wonder when it will all come 
crashing down. We wonder when we will be found out. 
This verse suggests that strength comes from other sources. The 
most surprising suggestion is that salvation comes from rest and 
strength comes from quietness. Why would quietness and rest be so 
Salvation is not possible when we are in charge because we are 
not the Messiah. We cannot save the world. We cannot even save 
ourselves. When we rest, we are forced to abandon our messianic illusions. 
When we rest we accept our place as creatures in need of being saved 
by someone with power greater than our own. When we do this, 
repentance comes and salvation is possible. 
Quietness has a similar effect. We cannot hear what God has to 
say when our lives are full of noise. The frenzy of life can drown 
out his voice. But when we rest, we can hear him again. And it is 
his words of love that can make us strong. [Life Recovery Devotional 

In moments of crisis, where do you turn? To your friends? To 
your family? To your investment counselor? To yourself? 
The answer to that question will in large measure determine how 
well you handle the crisis. If you turn to yourself, you'll find that 
you run out of wisdom and strength long before you run out of 
problem! Put your trust in other people and you will quickly learn their 
resources are just as limited as your own! 
God warned Judah not to turn to Egypt for assistance against the 
approaching Assyrian threat. Why? "For Egypt's promises are worthless" 
(30:7). To put your trust in human resources - regardless of the 
numerical superiority - is to lean on a shaky crutch indeed. But it's 
always safe to lean on the Lord. 
On a three-by-five card write these words from 30:15 - "Only in 
returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved; in quietness and 
confidence is your strength." Jesus Christ is not a crutch; he is the very 
ground to walk upon! Carry your "crisis card" with you throughout the 
day; pull it out and read it often. And on the back, record any 
special ways in which God answers your prayers for confidence in the 
midst of your problem. You'll find that Jesus is the Christ for every 
crisis! [Daily Walk Bible] 

A Hiding Place
Every man and woman needs a hiding-place. You say a hiding-place 
from what? ... 
First of all, every one of us needs a hiding-place from the 
accusations of our own conscience. Every man and woman here ... has a 
conscience, and ... has sinned against their conscience.... 
In the second place, we need a hiding-place from the power of 
sin within ourselves. Now every man and woman here ... who know 
themselves at all well know that there are powers of evil resident within 
themselves which are more than they can master in their strength.... 
In the third place, we need a hiding-place from the power of the 
devil.... more than a match for you and me.... 
In the fourth place, we need a hiding-place from the wrath to 
come. There are a great many people who do not believe that there is 
"a wrath to come." I do. Why? ... Because the Old Book says so.... 
Is there a hiding-place? ... [According to the text] a man shall 
be ... the God-man, Jesus Christ. by R. A. Torrey [Spirit Filled 
Life Devotional SB re Isa.32:2] 

Place a check next to each of the following calamities you have 
experienced in your lifetime:  
_______ Sat in a chair that collapsed under your weight.
_______ Had a flat tire on a busy street.
_______ Loaned something of value and had it lost or damaged. 
_______ Set the alarm clock for 6 A.M., and it rang at 8 A.M.! 
What do these traumas in everyday life have in common? They are 
all examples of misplaced confidence. You put your trust in an 
object (such as a chair or a tire or an alarm clock) and it let you 
down. Or you relied on another person who failed you. 
Isaiah warned both Ephraim and Ariel, "Don't put your trust in 
the armies of Egypt, for they will fail you. Put your trust in the 
Lord of hosts, for He will never fail you nor forsake you." Heedless 
of the prophet's warnings, the nations misplaced their trust - and 
felt the sting of God's discipline. 
Are you in danger of doing the same? See if you can complete 
this sentence in 10 different ways: "Today, I am trusting God for..... 
" If you have difficulty coming up with 10 endings to that 
sentence, perhaps a good deal of your trust is in untrustworthy objects 
and people. What needs to change in order to make God the One you 
lean upon? [Your Daily Walk SB] 

No amount of fast talking or hasty activity could speed up God's 
grand design. We have nothing to say to God but thank you. Salvation 
comes from God alone. Because he has saved us, we can trust him and be 
peacefully confident that he will give us strength to face our 
difficulties. We should lay aside our busy care and endless effort and allow 
him to act. [Life Application SB] 

Those who desire to labor with God have need of His Spirit every 
day; they need to walk and labor in meekness and humility of spirit, 
without seeking to accomplish extraordinary things, satisfied to do the 
work before them and doing it faithfully. Men may not see or 
appreciate their efforts, but the names of these faithful children of God 
are written in heaven among His noblest workers, 4BC1144 

A life in Christ is a life of restfulness. There may be no 
ecstasy of feeling, but there should be an abiding, peaceful trust. Your 
hope is not in yourself; it is in Christ. Your weakness is united to 
His strength, your ignorance to His wisdom, your frailty to His 
enduring might. So you are not to look to yourself, not to let the mind 
dwell upon self, but look to Christ. Let the mind dwell upon His love, 
upon the beauty, the perfection, of His character. Christ in His 
self-denial, Christ in His humiliation, Christ in His purity and holiness, 
Christ in His matchless love --this is the subject for the soul's 
contemplation. It is by loving Him, copying Him, depending wholly upon Him, 
that you are to be transformed into His likeness.  
Jesus says, "Abide in Me." These words convey the idea of rest, 
stability, confidence. Again He invites,"Come unto Me, . . . and I will 
give you rest." Matthew 11:28. The words of the psalmist express the 
same thought: "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him." And 
Isaiah gives the assurance, "In quietness and in confidence shall be 
your strength." Psalm 37:7; Isaiah 30:15. This rest is not found in 
inactivity; for in the Saviour's invitation the promise of rest is united 
with the call to labor: "Take My yoke upon you: . . . and ye shall 
find rest." Matthew 11:29. The heart that rests most fully upon 
Christ will be most earnest and active in labor for Him.  
When the mind dwells upon self, it is turned away from Christ, 
the source of strength and life. Hence it is Satan's constant effort 
to keep the attention diverted from the Saviour and thus prevent 
the union and communion of the soul with Christ. The pleasures of 
the world, life's cares and perplexities and sorrows, the faults of 
others, or your own faults and imperfections--to any or all of these he 
will seek to divert the mind. Do not be misled by his devices. Many 
who are really conscientious, and who desire to live for God, he too 
often leads to dwell upon their own faults and weaknesses, and thus by 
separating them from Christ he hopes to gain the victory. We should not 
make self the center and indulge anxiety and fear as to whether we 
shall be saved. All this turns the soul away from the Source of our 
strength. Commit the keeping of your soul to God, and trust in Him. Talk 
and think of Jesus. Let self be lost in Him. Put away all doubt; 
dismiss your fears. Say with the apostle Paul, "I live; yet not I, but 
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live 
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for 
me." Galatians 2:20. Rest in God. He is able to keep that which you 
have committed to Him. If you will leave yourself in His hands, He 
will bring you off more than conqueror through Him that has loved 
you.  SC70-2 

"Be not therefore anxious for the morrow. Sufficient unto the 
day is the evil  thereof." Matthew 6:34, R.V  
If you have given yourself to God, to do His work, you have no 
need to be anxious for tomorrow. He whose servant you are, knows the 
end from the beginning. The events of tomorrow, which are hidden 
from your view, are open to the eyes of Him who is omnipotent.  
When we take into our hands the management of things with which 
we have to do, and depend upon our own wisdom for success, we are 
taking a burden which God has not given us, and are trying to bear it 
without His aid. We are taking upon ourselves the responsibility that 
belongs to God, and thus are really putting ourselves in His place. We 
may well have anxiety and anticipate danger and loss, for it is 
certain to befall us. But when we really believe that God loves us and 
means to do us good we shall cease to worry about the future. We shall 
trust God as a child trusts a loving parent. Then our troubles and 
torments will disappear, for our will is swallowed up in the will of God. 
Christ has given us no promise of help in bearing today the 
burdens of tomorrow. He has said, "My grace is sufficient for thee" (2 
Corinthians 12:9); but, like the manna given in the wilderness, His grace is 
bestowed daily, for the day's need. Like the hosts of Israel in their 
pilgrim life, we may find morning by morning the bread of heaven for the 
day's supply.  
One day alone is ours, and during this day we are to live for 
God. For this one day we are to place in the hand of Christ, in 
solemn service, all our purposes and plans, casting all our care upon 
Him, for He careth for us. "I know the thoughts that I think toward 
you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you 
an expected end." "In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in 
quietness and in confidence shall be your strength." Jeremiah 29:11; 
Isaiah 30:15.  
If you will seek the Lord and be converted every day; if you 
will of your own spiritual choice be free and joyous in God; if with 
gladsome consent of heart to His gracious call you come wearing the yoke 
of Christ,--the yoke of obedience and service,--all your murmurings 
will be stilled, all your difficulties will be removed, all the 
perplexing problems that now confront you will be solved.  MB100-1 

Is there any note in all the music of the world as mighty as the 
grand pause? Is there any word in the Psalms more eloquent than the 
word "Selah," meaning pause? Is there anything more thrilling and 
awe-inspiring than the calm before the crashing of the storm, or the strange 
quiet that seems to fall upon nature before some supernatural 
phenomenon or disastrous upheaval? And is there anything that can touch our 
hearts like the power of stillness? 
For the hearts that will cease focusing on themselves, there is 
"the peace of God, which transcends all understanding" (Phil. 
4:7);"quietness and trust" (Isa. 30:15), which is the source of all strength; a 
"great peace" that will never "make them stumble" (Ps. 119:165); and a 
deep rest, which the world can never give nor take away. Deep within 
the center of the soul is a chamber of peace where God lives and 
where, if we will enter it and quiet all the other sounds, we can hear 
His "gentle whisper" (1 Kings 19:12). 
Even in the fastest wheel that is turning, if you look at the 
center, where the axle is found, there is no movement at all. And even 
in the busiest life, there is a place where we may dwell alone with 
God in eternal stillness. [Streams in the Desert by Cowman re 

Your rod and your staff they comfort me. Psa 23:4
At my father's house in the country, there is a little closet 
near the chimney, where we keep the canes, or walking sticks, of 
several generations of our family. During my visits to the old house, as 
my father and I are going out for a walk, we often go to the cane 
closet and pick out our sticks to suit the occasion. As we have done 
this, I have frequently been reminded that the Word of God is a 
During the war, when we were experiencing a time of 
discouragement and impending danger, the verse "He will have no fear of bad 
news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD" (Ps. 112:7) was a 
staff to walk with on many dark days. 
When our child died and we were left nearly brokenhearted, I 
found another staff in the promise "Weeping may remain for a night, 
but rejoicing comes in the morning" (Ps. 30:5). 
When I was forced to be away from home for a year due to poor 
health, not knowing if God would ever allow me to return to my home and 
work again, I chose this staff, which has never failed: "For I know 
the plans I have for you, . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm 
you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jer. 29:11). 
In times of impending danger or doubt, when human judgment seems 
to be of no value, I have found it easy to go forward with this 
staff: "In quietness and trust is your strength" (Isa. 30:15).And in 
emergencies, when there has been no time for deliberation or for action, this 
staff has never failed me: "He that believeth shall not make haste" 
(Isa. 28:16 KJV). Abbott Benjamin Vaughan, in The Outlook 
Martin Luther's wife said, "I would never have known the meaning 
of various psalms, come to appreciate certain difficulties, or 
known the inner workings of the soul; I would never have understood 
the practice of the Christian life and work, if God had never 
brought afflictions to my life." It is quite true that God's rod is like 
a schoolteacher's pointer to a child, pointing out a letter so the 
child will notice it. In this same way, God points out many valuable 
lessons to us that we otherwise would never have learned. selected 
[Streams In The Desert By Cowman re Psa.23:4] 

The Lord wants human beings to take time to rest, time to think 
of and appreciate heavenly things. Those who do not value the 
things of heaven sufficiently to give time to them will at last lose 
all.  4BC1144 

Salvation belongs to those who return to God and surrender to 
Him... His people should trust Him and act accordingly. He does not 
force them. When they choose to have none of His way, He gives them 
freedom to be away from Him. [Disciple SB] 

The man caught up with this world is not ready for the next one. 
[Your Daily Walk SB]