As I contemplate my situation and the true need in my life, I have to ask myself this question- “What Do I Need?”
Please allow my cluttered mind to unload as I consider this question.
I need to be rescued and delivered from my enemy where I can find REST! Yesterday it seemed that everywhere I turned I saw this word rest. In fact, in my prayers, I have been asking God for a verse that would allow me to dial in to my need and claim during this season of my life. Well, yesterday morning- out of the blue, a true friend of mine sent me an email with a verse in it that really ministered to my heart. I know, I need to unplug?….. Well, I had not unplugged yet.
Here is the verse- Isaiah 30:15 “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…”
In reading this verse, my heart sank. First of all, I began to understand that “The Sovereign Lord” was involved in this situation. In fact, He has allowed it to take place and He has ordained this struggle in my life and obviously He has a plan for it. This was a major break through!
Secondly, he settled my heart in knowing that the only way I would be rescued and find rest would be to return to Him and find my rest in Him! “Matt, you’re a Pastor! Matt, you’re a Preacher! Matt, you’re supposed to know that and lead by example!” I know…. But for the past year, I have become so busy “Doing” ministry that I have neglected to draw near to God.
James 4:8 NKJV
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Finally, it was as if God shook me again to say “in quietness and confidence is your strength…” “Quietness?” This past Sunday as I shared my heart with our church family, I was preaching from Genesis 12:1-9 where God told Abram to leave it all behind and go to Canaan. I shared that when Abram arrived, it was not what he expected. The land was already occupied. I saw in this text that Abram didn’t whine, complain, moan, pitch a fit, get angry, crack under the pressure, get depressed, shake his fist at God, go back home or turn his back on God. In fact, vs. 7 says, Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.” In the midst of Abrams difficult situation God gave him a promise and Abram got quiet, built an altar and worshipped The Lord!
So, I RESOLVE:
*To except that my Lord has led me to this place.
*To return to The Lord.
*To be quiet.
*To find my rest in The Lord.
*Draw Near to Him.
*To Be Still and Worship Him! Here is a song my friend Donnie reminded me of last week!