This is what the Sovereign LORD,
the Holy One of Israel, says:
“Only in returning to Me
and resting in Me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
But you would have none of it. Isaiah 30:15
used only of God
where God is submissively and reverently addressed
Other interpretations in various Bible translations:
the master, the LORD
LORD GOD, the Holy One of Israel
As I read the news, even just the headlines, all seems chaotic, disorderly, out-of-control in our world. YET…God is in control. It is His world. It always has been. ‘My small world,’ the one in which I curl up within, seems much calmer, quieter, more peace-filled, but I also live in this big world, this world of so many unknowns. I know the world has been through many awful periods – wars, famines, droughts, annihilation, etc…from the beginning of time. Yet, I do not want this chaos now. I just want peace. I do not have control, though. What I continue to unravel is that my peace only lies in the One Who does have the reins in His hands. He has absolute control of His creation…each and every bit of His creation. He is sovereign.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
In Psalm 147, we see that He has all in His power:
He counts the stars
and calls them all by name. verse 4
He sends the snow like white wool;
He scatters frost upon the ground like ashes. verse 16
He hurls the hail like stones. verse 17a
He sends His winds, and the ice thaws. verse 18b
and in Amos 4:
“I kept the rain from falling
when your crops needed it the most.
I sent rain on one town
but withheld it from another.
Rain fell on one field,
while another field withered away.” verse 7
“I struck your farms and vineyards with blight and mildew.
Locusts devoured all your fig and olive trees.” verse 9a
“I sent plagues on you
like the plagues I sent on Egypt long ago.
I killed your young men in war
and led all your horses away.
The stench of death filled the air!” verse 10a
God can do all – everything and anything. At the end of many verses in the Bible, the words that sting me are: “But still you would not return to Me,” says the LORD.
Oh, that we would turn from our wicked ways and return to our Creator, the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel. God’s heart is towards us and He wants us each and all to repent, coming back to Him. Let us each begin with ourselves. Do not expect everyone else to go first. One at a time, we face ourselves and then face our God with humility and repentance, handing our hearts back to the One Who molded those hearts.
Look at the gifts that await us when we turn to God:
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
He utters His voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how He has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
He burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah Psalm 46
Most Sovereign God, I pray for Your world and all that is in it. You created everyone and everything. May Your mercies flow upon this earth. May we each and all repent of our ways, returning to You just as there was a turning of Your people (during the reign of King Hezekiah):
Do not now be stiff-necked as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the LORD and come to His sanctuary, which He has consecrated forever, and serve the LORD your God, that His fierce anger may turn away from you. 2 Chronicles 30:8
“For the LORD your God is gracious and merciful and will not turn away His face from you, if you return to Him.” 2 Chronicles 30:9b
At the same time, God’s hand was on the people in the land of Judah, giving them all one heart to obey the orders of the king and his officials, who were following the word of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 30:12
Oh, LORD, that we would follow You and Your Word, trusting in Your sovereignty. You are the One Who loved us first and Who loves us still. Thank You for cherishing us, my Father. In Your Powerful Name, I pray. Amen.
“Turn to Me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22
There is no other. Amen and Amen.