Where is Your Strength?

The people of Israel had a strong tendency to look to other places and people before looking to the Lord their God for deliverance.  As they were oppressed and attacked, they seemed to always be on the lookout:  “You have the strongest warriors—surely you can help us!  You have the best weapons—surely you can fight for us!”

But God’s heart for them as a people was that they would depend on Him and Him alone as their rescuer, protector, and deliverer. In Isaiah 30 we see the Israelites at it again, carrying out plans that were not from the Lord, forming alliances with other nations that were not directed by the Spirit, looking to other people for protection without consulting God. And in the midst of their frenzied search for help from someone, anyone, the Lord speaks these words:

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…” (Isaiah 30:15).

In repentance (turning back to God) and rest (ceasing all striving in your own strength) is your salvation. Not in having the bravest soldiers, the slickest strategies, or the most advanced weapons… in turning back to God, and resting. In quieting your heart and trusting.

How often do we follow in the footsteps of the Israelites?  Rather than looking to God first, we look to our family, our job, more money, more stuff, more knowledge to help us withstand the battles we face—battles in our health, in our relationships, in our search for meaning or value or identity.

Maybe God’s word to His people back then is the same to us now.

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,

in quietness and trust is your strength…

the Lord longs to be gracious to you;

he rises to show you compassion.

For the Lord is a God of justice.

Blessed are all who wait for him!” (v. 15,18)

Where are you finding your strength?


Laura Bulgrien

Laura Bulgrien is a sojourner at heart, who deeply desires to live life in a way that is simply resting in the grip of grace. She fell in love with Jesus throughout her growing up years, and shortly after graduating…

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