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When Strivings Cease

 

October 29

 

Read Isaiah 30:15

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.

 

Reflect

The prophet Isaiah wrote these words to the unrepentant people of Judah. How does it apply to our own hope of salvation?

 

I read a post the other day about a woman who said she is “striving for heaven” because she wants to see her family again so badly. I shared her sentiment. I also long for heaven and loved ones that have gone on ahead. But the phrase “striving for heaven” made me sad. How does she ever know when she has done enough to earn her way to heaven? Is she just hoping that at the end of her life, she did enough good works to outweigh her sins? What if, despite her most sincere and earnest efforts, she finds out in eternity that it wasn’t enough? How heartbreaking!

 

Merriam-Webster defines striving as “devoting serious effort or energy”. If she is putting serious effort and energy into getting to heaven, she is putting her hope in a lost cause. No amount of effort or energy on our parts can get us into heaven. Our works will never be enough.

 

When this Scripture was written, the leadership of Judah were in a mad scramble to save themselves. They were busy making a defensive alliance with Egypt that would prove a failure. All they really had to do was repent from their sins. If they would turn from their evil ways and turn back to God, He promised to keep them safe. They wouldn’t need to strive for peace anymore. They would have it. They didn’t need to orchestrate their salvation from their enemies. He would fight their battles, they only needed to be still and trust God. But they didn’t accept that.

 

Getty and Townend put it this way in their hymn, “In Christ Alone”:

 

What heights of love

What depths of peace

When fears are stilled

When strivings cease

 

The heights of God’s love for us were on full display when Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). Now, we can experience depths of peace, both peace with God and the peace of God. We no longer have anything to fear. And we no longer have to strive for our own salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.”

 

Friends, I am a go-getter. I strive for many things. I devote serious energy and effort in many areas of my life. But my salvation isn’t one of them. I have a blessed assurance of my salvation. That assurance is not in my efforts but in Christ alone. My salvation is found in repentance and rest in Christ’s work on the cross. In quietness and trust, I find His strength.

 

Pray

Jesus, In You alone my hope is found. Thank You for the assurance that I have salvation through You. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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8 months ago
Amen
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8 months ago
Your gift of salvation is more than I deserve, dear Lord Jesus. Help me to find that quietness so that I may praise You for Your gracious gift to me.
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8 months ago
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS I STRIVE FOR YOU TO CHECK ON ME& ALL FAMILY;FOR YOUR SAKE;I AM THE ONE THAT KNOWS THAT YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT REALLY :; SERIOUSLY CARE ABOUT US;*THANKYOUJESUS*
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8 months ago
CHECK ON ALL MY FAMILY & ME ;HEAVENLY FATHER;WE NEED YOU IN OUR LIVES@
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8 months ago
CHECK ON US HEAVENLY FATHER;WE NEED YOU IN OUR LIVES@
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8 months ago
Heavenly Father who art in heaven, thank You for Jesus and His saving Grace. For without Jesus' sacrifice we would still be lost without having salvation and an opportunity to talk and pray to You. Thank You Lord. In Christ Jesus name I pray, Amen.
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8 months ago
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