In Quietness and Confidence

Posted on May 16, 2018 by America's Keswick in Victory Call

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3)

These words come from Isaiah.  As the Syrian invader loomed on the horizon, God wanted Israel to hear what He had to say.  With human ability, Israel was figuring out what to do.  Should they make a treaty with Egypt, because anything was worth it to maintain national independence?  So ambassadors were dispatched to negotiate with the reigning Pharaoh.

But God’s counsel was opposed to the politicians’ reasoning.  He said, “…in returning  and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength…” (Isaiah 30:15). That is, “if you will wait for My deliverance, you will be rescued from your enemy.”

Did you ever notice how, if a person is fearful, it is hard to accept this kind of counsel?  It’s hard to rest.  It’s hard to be quiet.  We feel we have to do something.  We plot and plan, scheme and sweat, all in an effort to get ourselves out of the problems we face, while at the same time we ignore God’s words to us in the Bible.

Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble (Psalm 119:165).

It is so easy to get upset with the problems around us and end up trusting ourselves.  What we need, however, is a tranquil trust in God’s Word.  With that trust is a way into God’s presence where there is peace and rest.  We simply need God’s counsel.  In the words of the hymnwriter, “They who trust Him wholly, find Him wholly true.”

Written by Carolyn Hibbard: Carolyn Hibbard is the widow of Rev. John Hibbard, the mother of three children, grandmother of eight, and a registered nurse. She is an accomplished pianist and recording artist.

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