Isaiah 30:15 - Finding Rest and Strength.
Isaiah 30:15 - Finding Rest and Strength.
Isaiah 30:15 (TNIV) 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 (NLT) This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One
of Israel, says: "Only in returning to me and resting in me will
you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you
would have none of it.
Isaiah 30:15 (GWT) This is what the Almighty Lord, the Holy One
of Israel, says: You can be saved by returning to me. You can have
rest. You can be strong by being quiet and by trusting me. But you
don't want that.
Isaiah 30:15 (MSG) God, the Master, The Holy of Israel, has this
solemn counsel: "Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and
stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come
from settling down in complete dependence on me-- The very thing
you've been unwilling to do.
Woes: Isaiah 28:1-31:9.
A Warning for Rebellious Judah: Isaiah 30:8-17.
Judah Should Trust the LORD, Not Egypt: Isaiah 30:1-18.
When Assyria threatened Judah, the leaders did not immediately
turn to God for help but trusted in diplomacy. Their ambassadors went
through dangerous territory (30:6-7) to go to Egypt, but Egypt could not
help Judah. Egypt was as helpful as a shadow (30:1-5), a wall about
to fall down (30:12-13), or a broken clay vessel (30:14). The
Egyptians were only men, not God (31:1-3). Are you trusting things that
cannot help you while the Lord waits for you to come to Him for help
Those who wait on the Lord for help will experience blessings,
such as answered prayer (30:18-19), God's guidance (30:20-21),
cleansing (30:22), fruitfulness (30:23-26), victory (30:27-33; 31:4-9),
and a song (30:29).
The horses of Egypt can never take the place of the chariots
of God (Ps. 20:7-8). [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren
Wiersbe re Isa. 30 and 31]
This verse describes the revealed heart of God toward
humanity: "Return to me" was always God's heart toward his people even
when they were in rebellion and were rejecting his call to come under
the shelter of his wings. Despite the hardened condition of the
people's hearts at the time Isaiah penned these verses, God declared this
to be his desire - to receive the penitent, to extend salvation to
them, and to grant them rest, quietness, and strength. What a shining
promise to us today! Wherever we are in life, whatever mess we have made
of things, or however bleak the outlook, God calls to us, "Return
to me!" He knows that only in him can we find true rest for our
souls as we live in this hectic world. He calls us to repentance so
that we can experience his salvation. He calls to us to be quiet,
still, and confident in him so that we can experience his strength.
Oh, LORD, thank you for always calling me to return to you. My
desire is to walk in harmony with you. But sometimes I become distant
from you. Even then, I know that you haven't distanced yourself from
me. You are ever waiting for me to return, to repent, and to find
rest in you. [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller]
When it comes to living my life, I tend to be a bit driven.
For a long time I didn't have a clue what was driving me. I
pretended that it was God, and indeed, my "public self" looked quite
spiritual. To family and friends, I appeared to be deeply devoted to
ministry work, but the truth was, I had become anxious, tired, and
resentful. With me at the wheel, my "calling" resembled a long, hard drive,
and I was ready to quit.
God wanted me to quit too. He wanted me to quit feeding the
deception that he doesn't provide rest, quit displacing quiet time for
frenetic attempts to "get it all under control," quit trying to buy
others' approval by (subtly) letting them know how busy and disciplined
I was, and quit buying into my own suspicions that God requires
exhaustion and I'm a lousy Christian if I can't keep up the pace. I'm so
grateful that he is patient; I think I would've worn out a lesser god
Now that God has directed me to Isaiah 30:15, I find myself in
an attitude of repentance all the time. God shows me where to find
rest just as surely as he provides my daily bread. When I quiet down
long enough to remember how trustworthy he is, I receive strength. He
continues to save me from myself and gives me confidence to let go of the
wheel and enjoy the ride.
Maureen Thrash is cochair of the Monterey Bay chapter of Women
of Vision, a volunteer arm of World Vision International. The
chapter works in community partnership with a village in Malawi, Africa,
an area hit hard by the AIDS pandemic. [The One Year Bible Live
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
God asks us to work hard for His kingdom (1 Thess. 5:12), but He
never instructs us to strive for anything apart from the empowering of
His Spirit. Dependence upon Him leads to a quiet, confident spirit.
[Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley]
Is not prayer precisely of itself peace, silence, strength,
since it is a way of being with God? Jacques Ellul (1912-1994)