Rest in stress

There are times when I am stressed out by the urgent and yet it seems every road I take to resolve the situation ends in frustration. It seems I am battling against God.

The real surprise shown in Isaiah 30 is that this may well be the case!

16 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!

When I am stressed my mind drives towards a solution. In my drivenness I push aside every consideration towards love. When I scheme I make myself the answer, I try to become my own salvation, supplanting Jesus. The Lord is looking for a very different attitude.

15 In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.

The Lord’s counsel: In repentance and rest I find salvation, repentance of the drivenness that suggests all depends on me. Can I hold this attitude of being at rest? Faith is not demonstrated through inactivity but attitude. It is possible to work hard, and be at rest in the soul, confident the Lord will bring to fruition His work. When I wait for Him I receive far more than I either deserve or imagine!

18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for him!

 

For a fuller look at Isaiah 30 HERE is the study.

Driven

When I am driven by a task I find myself clinging to the false hope that this next attempt will succeed. When it fails I jump immediately to the next attempt. There is no time for reflection and grappling with the big picture.

All this time there is someone watching over my shoulder who has all authority in heaven and earth. If I would only let go of my death grip ‘fix it mode’ and allow myself to be still in His presence. I might discover that His perspective and plans make the need for my drivenness evaporate.

As it is, we are even driven to ‘advance the Kingdom of God’! We are so convinced that we hold the keys, and just need to work out how to use them. In this we fail to respect Jesus. He is a person with dignity, not a tool to be used.

The final sentence of the great commission is,

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28:20)

His intent is that life and ministry are opportunities to work together with Him, not things He pushes our way to get on with by ourselves. Let us let go of the drive to achieve and work with Jesus in this rich life He has with us, for He says,

‘take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for … my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ (Matt 11:28-30)