Sep 1st 2021 · Day 244
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It’s sad when someone who has been following the Lord turns away. This can happen for a variety of reasons.
Sometimes ‘life happens’ and we find ourselves ‘sliding out’ of church; other things may seem more interesting, more appealing. And life is busy! Work, family, sport, everything else. With all the ‘stuff’ going on, we may find it increasingly hard to find time for the things of God.
But sometimes, too, we can become disillusioned or disappointed. Maybe following Jesus isn’t quite what we thought it would be. Perhaps we’re fed up with waiting on God, because something we’ve been praying for hasn’t happened. Do you ever want to run away from Him? From His people? Give up? Go your own way? Be honest!
In Isaiah 30 we read of a people gone astray, but in verse 15 we hear God’s promise: ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’ ‘Don’t clear off on your own,’ He says. ‘Come back. Rest in Me! Be quiet. Trust Me.’
Verse 18 goes on: ‘Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you … blessed are all those who wait for him.’
We need to remember that God is patient, longing to be gracious to us. He waits for us, and we need to ‘wait for him’ too. Waiting isn’t easy. That’s where trust comes in.
It seems that waiting is two-way with God. He waits for us to quiet ourselves before Him. So in that sense, as we become quiet and trusting, we wait on Him – leaning on Him, so to speak; resting in Him. Then we begin to experience His grace, His peace, His presence – His love.
Don’t give up.
Return. Rest. Wait. Trust.
Pause and reflect: Read God’s words in verse 15 slowly, out loud. Let them sink into your spirit. Thank Him that in choosing to rest in Him in quietness and trust, waiting for Him, He will be gracious to you.
Sheila Jacobs is a Christian writer and editor, and an award-winning author. She is also a retreat leader and day chaplain at a retreat house. She loves listening to people’s stories, and encouraging writers to hone their
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