Returning To God

The Sovereign Lord . . . says, “Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.”

– Isaiah 30:15

 

Thoughts:
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.

 

Prayer:
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.
 

“IS NOT PRAYER PRECISELY OF ITSELF PEACE, SILENCE, STRENGTH, SINCE IT IS A WAY OF BEING WITH GOD?”
Jacques Ellul (1912–1994)


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