“In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it”  (Isaiah 30:15)

Take another look at this familiar scripture.  “In” repentance is different than needing, knowing and hearing the word repent.  To be “in” something is to be at rest in a certain position that has already been provided for you.   Isaiah goes on to say, “you wouldn’t stop long enough to recognize that in the position you’ve already been given, you can find two things.  A quiet place and in the quiet place you have been given strength.”

Generally speaking the human response to need is to “do something,” “go somewhere,” or charge forward with activity!  Even vacations often leave the recipient with a sense of “I need a rest from my vacation.”

As a born again child of God, repentance is simply an attitude that responds to life issues by finding a quiet corner in your heart.  It’s called the dwelling place of God, or you may describe it as “your prayer closet within.”  We’ve all heard it said, “Don’t allow the urgent to distract you from the important.”

New seasons are wonderful because they come with a multitude of things that sprout like weeds.  The wise person remembers and knows this; they find a quiet and alone place to discern the wise from the foolish, the urgent from the important and wait quietly before the Lord.

Further Reading:   Proverbs 28:26;  Isaiah 30:15-19; Psalm 27:13-14;