Posted by: Maggie | March 12, 2008

It’s Rather Simple, the Choice

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.’  [self plans to stay in control]

       Therefore you will flee!  [and He will let you try]
       You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’  [believing in the ability of our fix even more]
       Therefore your pursuers will be swift!  [but, the enemy can be given more permission to humble us]

 17 A thousand will flee
       at the threat of one;  [God can humble us greatly]

       at the threat of five
       you will all flee away, [And we will all fall in our self effort]
       till you are left
       like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, [standing by yourself]
       like a banner on a hill.” [exposed]

 18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; [or here might be a better alternative] 
       he rises to show you compassion. [Love, care, mercy, comfort]
       For the LORD is a God of justice. [taking care of all your enemies for you]
       Blessed are all who wait for him! [lean on, trust in, rely on, put their hope in, be patience for]

Lord, thank you for the reminder that there is the world’s way (man’s typical response of self effort and power and strength), and there is Your way.

I can flounder around in my own strength and power and try to fight things on my own, or I can lean on you and watch you take care of the rest. 

“But you would have none of it”.  I remembered that part from my memory card. 

Thank you for filling in the rest for me later this morning, reminding me that no matter how loving and kind and gentle you are…I can choose to refuse all that and just make life hard on myself…or I can lean hard into You and know peace, rest, joy, and salvation only you can give. 

The choice is simple.  Truly.  Not simple, but hard…but SIMPLE.

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