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
1.Verse 15 urges Judah to rely on God completely as the alternative
to frantic, anxious military and political manoeuvrings. Isaiah believes
that trust in Jehovah God is the foundation of security. All
trust in armaments and alliances, is an act of mistrust and idolatry
that will only lead to destruction.
2.The assurance of faith is the conviction that anxious self-securing
does not work in the real world. God is calling us to “repent and
rest, be quiet and trust” in order to be safe and well in the world.
3.Recall a time when you have experienced the kind of contentment
verse 15 promises. Thank God for that gift, and pray that he will
renew contentment in you.
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.