Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Return, Rest, and Be Saved

Submitted by Lara Cook
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15
God is in the fixer upper business. His desire is always for His children who have turned away – for whatever reason – to return to Him for restoration.  There is more involved in restoration than just coming back.  You can buy an old house, but if it is falling down and not safe to live in, it is no good.  It just sits there, unable to be used to its fullest capacity.  Returning to God is the first step, allowing Him to restore us is key.  It doesn’t just bring us back physically, it brings us back to Him spiritually and emotionally, where we can receive His salvation and grace.  
Finding Strength
Quietness and trust are two things that are not easy when you are going through tough times.  As humans, we often think we have to “do” something and if are not doing anything then there is no progress towards a solution.  This is when we get in trouble.  The Lord has promised that in Him we can find strength to get through any situation. That does not mean everything will always work out perfectly.  It simply means that without Him, we will not find the strength we need.  There is no way except in Him.  It also does not mean that we give up and lose all hope.  It means that we quietly trust His power in every way.  
When we have made monumental mistakes in our lives, it feels like we can never go back.  It feels like we will never be worthy for God’s consideration, let alone to be received back in salvation and grace.  But He does wait for us to come back to Him and promises redemption.  If you are in a mess, turn around, go back now.  Don’t’ wait another minute.  He is waiting for you.  

Scripture to Claim:
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

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