Read Isaiah 30:15-17

Meditation verse:

“For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel. In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. But you would not.” (Isaiah 30:15)


The movie “Baggage Claim” is a romantic comedy about a flight attendant who desperately wanted to find a suitor before her younger sister’s wedding. She had been maid of honour nine times and her mother was pilling up the pressure. She decided to take the suitor to her sister’s wedding, and this meant she had just thirty days to find the guy. She recruited her colleagues to help with the search and the plan involved searching for eligible guys who had bought tickets for flights. She would then travel on the same flight with them and get their attention. 

This desperate plan meant she sometimes had to board a plane at odd hours and at short notice. However, each potential suitor turned out to be a nightmare. Eventually, she gave up and only then did she realise that the soul mate she had been scouring the universe for was in front of her all that time. Her desperation had blinded her.


In Isaiah 30:15-16 says “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. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore, you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore, your pursuers will be swift!”.


Is there a desperate situation in your life that you are expending all your effort to fix? Or maybe you are considering compromising your values in the process. It is time to return and rest. Haven’t you observed that the more desperate you are about getting something, the more elusive it becomes? Here’s God’s promise to you this day, “O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with colourful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires” (Isaiah 54:11). And Romans 9:16 says “So, then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy”. It’s time for you to return and rest.


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