Food for ThoughtIsaiah 30:15 Returning to Me
Food for Thought
An all-creatures.org Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Isaiah 30:15 New Living Translation

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ďOnly 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.Ē

When God speaks, His words are life and power.  He chooses when and how He will speak.  In this verse this is yet another time when Godís grace is reaching out to the defiant and rebellious. His message of salvation reaches across time and invites all who have lived and are living today. This truth never changes. Godís saving grace keeps us from eternal damnation as well as protects us from harm whether physical or spiritual.

There is nothing God wants more than to be close to us and He is always extending mercy and compassion to draw people close

James 4:8 New King James Version: Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Our resting place is in His bosom and it is in this place of peace we are nurtured and fulfilled.  Resting in God is not so much a physical or even a mental rest as it is in putting down our own agenda and trusting His.  It is a rest that takes us deep into surrender and builds in us confidence.

Noise is considered the norm in our society with the acceptable excuse of being too busy.  Busyness is not just an external noise, it is an internal noise as well.

When we do not occupy our minds with the word of God, and wait in silence to hear His voice, a constant dialogue of anxiety and worry flood our thoughts, preventing us from hearing the whispers of heaven. Our days are a feverish blur of getting things done, but this is not the kingdom of God.

Romans 14:17 (NKJV) for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Just as the ocean current sweeps away what is unanchored and carries it deeper and deeper into its abyss, this is what happens to us as we leave ourselves disconnected to Godís presence and peace.  When we are anchored in God we have the resilience to fight against the constant barrage of messages battling for our attention.

It seems that peace is a foreign entity to most of us as we allow tension and anxiety to be our daily companions. Oh how God yearns for us. To trust Him: to run to Him. He is always hoping we will call upon Him at all times. He watches and waits for us to meet with Him. Our presence on this earth is for Godís purpose and we are not alone on our journey.  God is ready, willing and present at all times.

Psalm 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Prayer:  Father God, we are a people running into walls of our own making.  We trap ourselves with our own agendas.  There is an endless list for things to do. But you created us for fellowship. To walk in abundant peace.  We let go of our agenda and receive yours. We ask that you would show us daily how to surrender and rest in you in Jesusí name.

God bless,

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.