"This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Isreal says:
In repentance and rest is your salvation.
In quietness and trust is your strength."
So if I read this correctly, when GOD talks...I must listen...hmmmmmm
How cleansing for me as a sinner it has become when I exhibit true repentance. But true repentance is not just being sorry for that ugly thought, anger against someone who wronged me, or sorry I got caught...it means for me to Change...to do an about face and turn in the right direction. When I come to the Lord with true repentance in my heart that is when HIS rest comes. Resting in my God when life is hectic, harried and the future unknown can be quite a daunting task. But my faith in my GOD and listening to him speak tells me he will be my salvation...my savior...rescuer through these trials.
Then moving on to being quiet. Well, I don't know about you but this woman likes to talk. Sometime just being quiet is hard..My mind is a constant flow of what needs to be done...what to cook for dinner, the simple details of life and how is our future going to change and so on. There is no quietness unless I step back and make time for that. A quiet time to listen..."Be still, and KNOW that I am GOD". When I have taken that time to quiet myself before my LORD and listen to that still small voice I see his guiding hand of providence in Everything I go through. Those are the times that I can look back and see amazing changes in my life that only HE can do. That has been my constant in allowing me to continue to be faithful in our uncertain times.
The storms at times are so loud all around me..but to be still..well there can be calm amidst the storm because of trust. Proverbs 3:6&6 say, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart...and lean not unto your own understanding...in ALL your ways acknowledge him and He WILL direct your path." I trust a GOD who never changes. Who never sleeps or slumbers. Who loves me more than I could ever know. Who never allows trials and then just drops me..nope he is right by my side through it all. That has then been my strength.
I hope this encourages you today. Thanks and blessings...Lorena