TRUST: Is Your Strength

I have shared multiple times that God commands us to put our faith or trust in Him. If He has to command it, we know that we are not prone or apt to trust Him. In surveying the history of Israel and my own life, I see moments of peace and prosperity followed by a waywardness from God. God then allows a hardship, trial or adversity to draw us back to Him. It is only in those moments that we truly seek Him for help. We are lulled to sleep in the blessings thinking that we don’t need Him, but we need to remember TRUST: Is Your Strength.

In the post TRUST: Tell the Next Generation, God encouraged the parents to tell the next generation of His mighty works, so they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. We see that same theme surface in Isaiah 30 where God is speaking to the people about their obstinance or their stubborn refusal to trust in Him. 

Isaiah 30

15 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.
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!
17 A thousand will flee
    at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
    you will all flee away,
till you are left
    like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
    like a banner on a hill.”

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!

That text is an indictment of the people of God who continually chose to pursue worthless and powerless allies rather than depending on God. Where are we doing that now in our lives? Listen to what God told them.

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,
    but you would have none of it.

Our salvation and strength is found in trusting Him. Of those and of us, God says, “You would have none of it.” We don’t repent of our sin of trusting in people and things rather than God. Because we don’t trust in God, we don’t experience salvation and strength; yet, God says, TRUST: Is Your Strength.

When one does not have strength in the physical sense, it is a result of the load being too much to bear or muscles being over worked by the load. The load of life is too much for us to bear without God’s intervention. This is what God is telling us – TRUST: Is Your Strength. Our strength comes from trusting in God and having him attend to our needs. He promises to meet our needs and carry our burdens. When God is allowed to do what He promised, He always delivers and man is at rest in His salvation whether that be of the soul or of the circumstance. In either case, God has promised to take care of it for us, but we must surrender it to Him.

TRUST: Is Your Strength. I challenge you to search the scriptures to find a single instance where the people of God trusted Him where it did not lead to a position of strength for them. What are you facing now that is a load to heavy and burdensome for you to carry? Is it your finances, job, relationship, health, or the like? In Jeremiah 32:27, God says, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” God is asking us that same question now. Our response to that question reveals what we believe about God. God says TRUST: Is Your Strength. Trust Him today.


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