Isaiah 30:15,18-21 NLTAThis 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. But you would have none of it.So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
According to the media, during lockdown one in four people in Britain has tuned in to an online church service, and one in 20 has tried to pray. As we long for people around us to seek the Lord, that all comes as wonderful news. But Isaiah reminds us that merely watching an online service or Googling the word “prayer” is not enough, because people are fickle and will turn anywhere if they are desperate for help. God wants us to come to Him in absolute trust. He graciously waits for people to turn and put their confidence in Him, and then He is quick to draw us close in love and compassion.
Heavenly Father, at the start of this new week, I am determined to return to You and rest in You alone, for You only are my salvation and my strength. I choose to turn to You first no matter what happens, to not get pulled away when things get frantic and stressed. As life slowly begins to return to ‘normal’, I want to hold on to the quietness and confidence of spirit that Your Holy Spirit gives, and obey Your voice of guidance every step of the way.And we pray for all those who don’t know You yet, but tried to find help from You during lockdown. In Your mercy, please continue to work in their hearts through Your Holy Spirit and draw them to You.