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.”
A message from the Lord, right on time, as usual for Him.
I don’t remember now what prompted the memory of the phrase “in quietness and in trust”, but it was there, and I was compelled to find the reference. I ended up reading all of Isaiah chapter 30.
Not five minutes later, I received a text with information that accelerated my pulse, and threatened my peace of mind. And doesn’t the devil know just where to hit? I had to take a deep breath, and talk myself down by reminding myself that my strength is found in quietness and trust, and my salvation is found in returning to the Lord, and resting in Him. Scripture is full of these encouraging exhortations. Consider:
Exodus 14:13,14 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord…The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still.”
2 Chronicles 20:17 ~ You will not need to fight in this battle; take your position, stand still, and see the victory of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Fear not, and be not dismayed;
Psalm 46:10 ~ “Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!”
Psalm 37:7a ~ Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself…
I am encouraged by this little word study this morning, and will try to remember it through my day as often as little arrows of doubt and discouragement are fired my way, and I also will be re-memorizing Psalm 46. I’ve memorized it before as a child in the King James Version of the Bible, so it is still familiar. I will be working through it in the RSVCE and putting it to memory again as an adult. Who wants to join me?