This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.
Upon reading this verse, several words stick out to me. Sovereign, return, rest, quietness, confidence, and strength. When you read them…. do you not feel a sense of peace? It makes me think, aahhh, I could just fall back into the arms of my Savior and rest in Him. I am assured that is exactly what He wants us to do. He commands it over and over again in scripture.
The verse ends with… “but you would have none of it.” The book of Isaiah was written by the prophet Isaiah in order to call the nation of Judah back to God. Judah turned to Egypt and other nations for their strength. Their eyes were looking upon other idols and not the only One and True God who could save them. The Lord wanted to call this nation back to Himself. He told them that He alone could save them, bring them rest and would be their strength.
Are you returning, resting, and allowing Him to be your strength? Or, like the nation of Judah, are you “having none of it.” We are such independent people. We think we can handle whatever situation that is before us all by ourselves. What lies before you today that you need to lay down at the feet of Jesus? Turn it over to him. Surrender. Return to him and rest in Him. He tells us that in “quietness and confidence” in Him is where our strength shall be gained.
Be still before Him. Rest in Him. Quiet your heart and trust Him. Fall back into the loving arms of Jesus today and let Him be your salvation. He is your sanctuary. Let Him handle whatever you are going through. Let Him unfold His perfect plan for the trial or situation that lies ahead for you. He is Sovereign. He has a perfect plan… rest…just rest.
Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you (Psalm 116:7).
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14).
To whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”– but they would not listen (Isaiah 28:12).
The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever (Isaiah 32:17).