“In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” — Isaiah 30:15.
Human beings are inclined to be busy, solving problems of some sorts. But in many cases, sitting back gets more results than being busy( ref: Mary, Martha and Jesus). My mentor and cousin Barr C.N.Oji taught me that the world will not grind to a halt if some things do not happen. As I learn to internalize this thinking, I noticed that I don’t get quite easily agitated about things, rather I stay quiet to listen to what the Lord is saying.
One of the stories in the bible that amazes me is the story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20. He was informed that the powerful nations around him are coming to attack but he ironically chose the path of quietness by running to God and staying under the shadow of the Almighty. The reason he was not using the conventional warfare strategy when the war began was that in the secret place, God made him understand that ” the battle is not yours but God’s” (2 Chronicles 20:15c). He ran to God rather than running around searching for solutions.
Recall the memory verse above: “In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” — Isaiah 30:15.
Do you know that one gets drowned quicker if he is struggling in water. Resting on the promises of God is like applying infallible principles on situations. But, those who come to God must first believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him(Heb11:6). The confidence must be there first of all.
If you read the conclusion of the Jehoshaphat’s story, it says – “So the realm of Jehoshaphat was QUIET: for God gave him rest round about”(2 Chronicles 20:30). Why would one choose running helter skelter over quietness and strength that comes with it? It is simply unbelief. Those who believe receive and those with unbelief will never enter into their rest(Hebrew 3:19).
The part we have to play for us to achieve strength in quietness is believe. Yes, it might be stupid to tell people to be praising instead of fighting the enemy; it might be childish to use catapult for the mighty Goliath; it is foolishness to think that touching the helm of His garment means healing; it is even unthinkable to attempt to feed 5000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. Yet, everything is possible to him that believes.
If only you understand that you are supposed to work by substitution of “HIM” in place of “I”, you will dare believe that everything is possible in the name of Jesus. Go straight ahead and draw strength form being quiet, rest assured that your salvation comes from the most high God, the Almighty. Shalom!