Rest in the Lord - Isaiah 30:15

Verse of the Day - Day 134

Rest in the Lord
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Today's Bible Verse:

Isaiah 30:15
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." (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Rest in the Lord

When Isaiah spoke these words of the Lord, Israel ignored God's call to depend on him alone for strength. Instead, God's people ran after help from other nations.

Today, God is still calling us to turn to him for strength, and to rest in quietness and in trust.

As believers, we are not granted immunity from life's storms, but we have a choice about how we will react to those storms. Our tendency may be to run around frantically looking for help, trying to save ourselves from trouble. We can either respond frenetically, or we can rest and rely more fully on the Lord.

Let these words to the hymn by Henry L. Gilmour (1836-1920) remind you to make resting in God your choice.

The Haven of Rest

My soul in sad exile was out on life’s sea,
So burdened with sin and distressed,
Till I heard a sweet voice, saying, "Make Me your choice"
And I entered the Haven of Rest.

I’ve anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest,
I’ll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep over wild, stormy, deep,
In Jesus I’m safe evermore.

I yielded myself to his tender embrace,
In faith taking hold of the Word,
My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul;
The Haven of Rest is my Lord.

The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole,
Has been the old story so blessed
Of Jesus, who’ll save whosoever will have
A home in the Haven of Rest.

How precious the thought that we all may recline,
Like John, the beloved so blessed
On Jesus’ strong arm, where no tempest can harm,
Secure in the Haven of Rest.

Oh, come to the Savior, He patiently waits
To save by His power divine;
Come, anchor your soul in the Haven of Rest,
And say, “My Beloved is mine.”

In times of distress, also remember these words from the book of Isaiah. Our man-made efforts to save ourselves are frantic and futile. Return to resting in God and you will be saved. In quietness and trust the Lord shall be your strength.

(Sources: Osbeck, K. W. (1996). Amazing grace: 366 inspiring hymn stories for daily devotions (p. 195). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.)

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