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.”
This passage is still doing a lot of work in my heart after reading it yesterday. Here are just some thoughts I have on it.
There are two themes: God’s opinion of what salvation looks like, and God’s opinion on what strength looks like.
I think at first glance, we would agree with that. But I also think that our lives make it look a lot more like,
“In baptism and deeds are your salvation.”
“In knowledge and membership are your salvation.”
I don’t really have a problem with any of these. I think baptism is great, deeds are key to faith (see James), knowledge strengthens your understanding of God’s will, and I consider myself to be a member of God’s church, my name is written in the Book of Life.
Lately though, I’ve been thinking about how a lot of times, the things we do are just “the next steps” of your faith. Sometimes, these things can be treated almost like graduation ceremonies. God has more for us than acts that seal our redemption.
I love how Mitch said yesterday the word Jesus uses for repentance is “not a word about direction but about connection.” You can change directions and still be going the wrong way. Biblical repentance has to do with your connection to God. Salvation comes as a part of a connection to God, but not based on what we do.
Salvation is based on who God is. That is why it is key for us to rest in who God is. Rest in His strength. His grace. His mercy. His justice. His compassion. His love allows us to love.
When we rest in him, we may even find that we have found the joy of our salvation: Jesus. The only way you can rest is when you find comfort in something. That is why I rest in my bed or even on my couch. I find comfort in it. If you haven’t repented and connected to God, then you don’t have comfort in Him and so you cannot rest.
Ask God for His repentance and His rest.
Then as my old friend, Andrew, the cafeteria card swiper at OC says, “Enjoy.”