Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
I love this verse but sometimes I wonder if I’m just deaf?! I stress and worry about not hearing His voice or maybe having missed it and now what if I’m walking the wrong way!?! Ever felt like that? As I laid this before Him this morning this is what I did hear…
In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. Isaiah 30:15 So first, there is no pit so deep that His grace does not go deeper still and on the cross He said it is finished – finished meaning I can rest that there is nothing I can do to earn more love. He already loved you and I so much He died for our salvation so our life doesn’t end with this world. We need only believe.
Second, it’s not in frantic worry or “doing” that I will find strength but in quietness and TRUST. He says be still and know that He is God – I am not, so I can stop acting like knowing it all will make it better; it won’t; so, “Lord grant me ever increasing trust in You.” 1 Cor. 13:12 reminds me that I will not understand it all this side of heaven anyway so maybe I should take Him up on the resting and trusting thing.
I also heard, Blessed are all who wait for Him! Isaiah 30:18 Notice this Scripture uses an exclamation point. As a parent you know one of the safest, most urgent, most desperately protective command you will give your child is “Wait for me!”. Why as an adult do I still struggle to listen to my heavenly Father give this instruction?!
Fourth, Isaiah 32:17 says, The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. There it is again this theme of peace, rest, quietness, confident, trusting – forever…. that’s what I want, but righteous… I’m not righteous we all are thinking. Until we read the truth in Romans 4:22 by faith we are credited righteousness! Faith in Jesus and His work on the cross!
In conclusion, I do believe, so I am righteous because of Him in me and the effect is peace and quietness and confidence…. forever! Am I trusting enough to receive what He is holding out; to rest and wait for Him? He is a good Father and I can be confident that if I trust Him, allowing quietness and peace and rest and His strength to consume me as I wait on Him I will certainly hear (even if I have strayed the wrong way) a loving voice say… “My child, this is the way; walk in it.”
Independent read: Psalm 46:10