Welcome to something new I am doing on the site. This will be a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional. It is always good to have a song of praise for the Lord!
This devotional is titled “Beating Burnout: Finding Hope And Health”. It is 3 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
Isaiah 30:15 “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,”
The nation of Judah was rebelling against God and not listening to His warning. He promised them salvation if they returned and rested in Him, assuring them that His strength was perfect for them. Yet they refused and instead trusted neighboring Egypt for their help.
Ruth Haley Barton in Leading in Rhythm says, “As disciplines of rest, solitude, and silence rescue us from the brink of dangerous levels of exhaustion, we are restored to a state of quiet alertness, ready to receive guidance from God about what we are to do in the world.”
The Egyptians gave Judah horses to help them in battle – something they could see and touch. Often, returning to and resting in God requires us to have faith without tangible reminders of His presence.
Countless times in scripture we are told that it is only through Him that we can live abundantly and in His peace, whether we can see His gifts to us or not.
What things in your life are difficult to surrender to “resting in God?” Like Judah taking the Egyptians’ horses, what are a few things that you find security in? What can you surrender and trust to God and believe that He will accomplish even as you rest?
Judah was a nation that no longer put their trust in God. Sin had taken hold on them and they fled to their neighbors for help instead of the one true God who promised exactly what they needed but they ignored Him. How many times do we do this? Heck, sometimes I do it even though I know better. When sin takes hold of you, it takes determination to get out of. You have to leave your comfort zone. It can wear on you to constantly have to fight sin, but once you break free… It is wonderful and becomes a whole lot easier. Trusting that God will fulfill His promises is tough when we don’t see physical evidence of it, right when we want to.