Whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter's jar, So ruthlessly shattered That a sherd will not be found among its pieces To take fire from a hearth Or to scoop water from a cistern."Isaiah 30:14(NASB)
Although Isaiah described the rebellion of the people of Israel in the early verses of this chapter, and how they turned back to Egypt for succour and strength instead of looking to the Lord their God, we as the Body of Christ can learn some important lessons and apply its vital truths to our own lives, in this Church dispensation.
How foolish we are when we seek relief in the things of this world and turn to fleshly pursuits to satisfy our needs and desires, when we have the Lord our God as our Sustainer, our Provider, and our Defender.
But what a comfort also to know that despite their rebellion and apostasy against the Lord God of Israel, that He promised: "In repentance and rest you will be saved - in quietness and trust is your strength."
We who have been saved from the PENALTY of sin by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, have the continuing promise that we shall go on being saved from the POWER of sin in our lives. Both are given by the same God-given grace, and through the selfsame faith in Christ, if we will quietly trust in the one and only Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Israel was not willing to depend upon the Lord their God as their singular and exclusive Sustainer, Provider, and Defender, but instead turned away from Him to the empty promises of the deceptive world system.
May it not be said of us who were saved by grace through faith and who are all members of the Body of Christ, that we were unwilling to quietly depend upon the God of our salvation as our exclusive Sustainer, Provider, and Defender as we journeyed through this world on our way to our heavenly home.
Let us rather live this life by grace through faith and in quietness, confidence, and complete dependence on Jesus Christ, Who is all that we need in this world, and in the world to come - life everlasting.
Help me, Lord, to abide in You, to rest in Your love, and to trust in Your strength in quietness and confidence. You alone are my Sustainer, my Provider, and my Defender. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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