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July 10, 2011
 

In Repentance And Rest

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Written by: Shari Popejoy

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“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

Ever need a rest? Well, today is the day!

You might argue, “But you have no idea how busy I am!” And my response is, “It doesn’t matter!” Your body, your spirit, your mind, all need an appropriate amount of rest.

“For this day is holy unto our Lord; neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

It has been my experience that taking one day of the week to honor the Lord by resting, allows me to accomplish more on the other six days. If you believe that God created us, then surely you believe that He must know how our bodies function most properly, and He said to take one day out of seven to rest.

Sure, you could push, and fight, and frantically rush from one urgency to the next, but at some point you will stop — either with illness, breakdown, personal upheaval, or eventual death — you will stop someday. Why not stop today and smell the roses?

We rush as if if hurrying helped us get more accomplished. Wait on the Lord. . .  quietly and trusting. . . I’ve witness methodical, pedantically plodding people accomplish far more than the frantic frenetic flailing of the headless chicken type A’s!

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Ever observed labor overseen by an inexperienced obstetrician? The poor woman can push for hours, squandering her valuable strength, trying to give birth too soon, when her body isn’t quite ready. Experienced midwives can tell a woman exactly when to push at the appropriate time when her effort will be most effective, when with a few contractions and strong pushes, she will bring forth the end of labor and the joy of satisfied arms.

Wait! Even the stork knows the proper season. Your own effort is vain and ineffective compared to the effect of God’s favor added to your effort.

You must learn to wait until the tide swells and then ride the crest of the wave, in exhilarating force, power and speed to the shoreline. Wait for His wind to fill your sails. Lift the paddle of futility from the sodden sea. Do not squander your strength straining against the stream of self-will. Be still and know that He is God.

When you find yourself adrift in the Ocean of Overwhelmed, close your eyes and lift your face to the SON, breathe in the refreshing aroma of peace and wait for the gentle breeze of the Spirit to kiss your cheek, and know that He will fill your sails with all sufficiency. Quiet yourself so that you may hear the still small voice, that carried on the wind of His mighty working power, has the ability with one quiet breath to breathe life and power into your situation.

Be carried on that effortless breath, that whispering wave, not borne on your own strength, but floating on the bark of quietness and trust — you will be carried to the shores of satisfaction, contentment and accomplishment.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ Isaiah 30:21

Trust God that He will give you the strength, the initiative, the desire, the favor to get it all completed. . . another day. We’ve got it all wrong. We think if we just work harder we’ll get more done. Reminds me of the phrase, “The hurrier I am the behinder I get.”

God can redeem the time and multiply your efforts!

“The sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days.” Isaiah 30:26

Here’s another phrase, “Work smarter, not harder!” It is smart to wait on the Lord, and allow Him to direct your steps and your work, and your labor. Stop turning things upside down.

“You turn things upside down as if the potter were thought to be like the clay.” Isaiah 29:16

God wants to direct your steps, but you must make level paths for your feet! One way to do that is to rest in Him on this day

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” Isaiah 30:18



About the Author

Shari Popejoy
Shari Popejoy is the author of the book Won Without Words, and the blog Won Without Words, encouragement to wives. She writes the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for young people, and the blog Oh Joy!, (injoyinc.com/oh/) for busy moms. She is a frequent contributor to Christian print and online magazines, and writes from the quiet country of the Ozarks, where she lives with her husband, Marc, and their three children. You can find out all about her at sharipopejoy.com!



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