This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it…’ Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you… Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isa. 30:15-18

Heavenly Father, what a tragic, yet glorious contrast. You long to be gracious to your people. Yet, at times, it’s easier to submit to the “lordship” of fear, unbelief, and impatience. This was true in Isaiah’s day. It’s just as true in ours.

This call to “repentance and rest,” and “quietness and trust,” comes like a kiss from heaven. Thank you for your unrelenting, pursuing heart, Father.

We aren’t facing the enemies Israel confronted in Isaiah’s day. The Assyrian and Babylonian armies aren’t on the horizon of our neighborhoods. But “the roaring lion is prowling” (1 Peter 5:8), and the rage in our culture is threatening, Perhaps our own “unguarded heart” presents the biggest challenge (Proverbs 4:23).

If we don’t set our minds, hearts, and affection on “things above” (Colossians 3:1-4), they will be captured by things below, values around us, lies coming at us, and the restlessness inside us.

If we don’t make unrushed fellowship with you, and fellow believers, a priority, the outcome is predictable, ugly, and avoidable. Father, in response to everything you have done for us in Jesus, we choose to wait for you and your graciousness. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ mighty and merciful name.