TITLE: FROM THE HEART OF GOD
VERSE: This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.” ISAIAH 30:15
“This is the normal, natural posture for My children. I want you to rest in Me. When I first spoke these words to Israel, they were desperately trying to arrange their own rescue. They looked around at the threats to their security and didn’t believe I would come through for them. Their restlessness became their downfall. But this is My desire for you: to place your full confidence in Me to lead you, speak to you, deliver you, protect you, provide for you, and come through for you —even when for a moment it doesn’t look like I will.
“If you will let this be your posture when you listen for My voice, you will hear Me. I want you to listen carefully, but I do not want you to strive and to strain. A restless spirit has a hard time hearing the pure, clear sound of My voice. A trusting, calm spirit will hear the echoes deep within. I rarely shout. You must be quiet to hear Me.
“Do you really want to hear Me? Then quiet yourself and be still. Be confident. Lay your doubts and skepticism aside. Rebuke your restlessness and your fears. Set aside your own agenda so you’ll be able to recognize Mine. But bring your enthusiasm. I love your deep desire to know Me better. I long to connect with you and build our relationship. Long for Me without striving for Me. Seek Me without straining. Rest and trust, and be very patient. I will train your spirit to hear.”
Sovereign Lord, Holy One of Israel, who am I that You would want to talk to me? But You do, and I have set my heart to listen. Sensitize my spirit to Your voice. I set aside my fears, plans, manipulations, anxieties, impatience —everything —to hear You. In my quietness and confidence, be my strength.
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