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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Amen
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.
CHECK ON ALL MY FAMILY & ME ;HEAVENLY FATHER;WE NEED YOU IN OUR LIVES@
CHECK ON US HEAVENLY FATHER;WE NEED YOU IN OUR LIVES@
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*
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.
Amen
How wonderful that we can rest in Christ alone
God promises to be accessible when ever we need Him. I am always inspired, uplifted, and filled with hope when reading Gods Word. In Christ alone, I find my hope, "Thanks."
How wonderful that is. Thank you for sharing that, something I intend to keep with me always. Okay by you??
Thanks You Jesus for Salvation
GOD is the only way, we must keep HIM with us and in us always
God leads us a rihtous paths in that he will bless us.
O’ Lord lead me in your paths of righteousness for when I follow you I find my strength. When I follow you I find my purpose. When I follow you I find my peace. When I follow you I find life.
And as He stands in victory Sins curse has lost its grip on me For I am His and He is mine Bought with the precious blood of Christ Amen ‼️🙏🏻
Please forgive me if I shared this song before that the Lord gave me a number of years ago... think it says it very well. I have it recorded as well if you would like a copy. Blessings, J Come As You Are VM JN 11/15/09 Acts 3:19-20 Heb 7:24-25 VERSE 1 You don’t have to clean up your life To come before His throne As hard as you try you quickly learn You can’t do it on your own VERSE 2 Can’t earn your way through heaven’s gate For man’s ways crooked, God’s is straight Hard as you try, you still fall short Perfection’s the standard to enter His court CHORUS So friend’s come as You are, come as you are By the power of His Spirit, He will make you new So come as You are, the Lord is calling You VERSE 3 It seems so hopeless, that would be true If we get to heaven by what we do But God’s love changed each sinner’s fate Come as you are. Don’t hesitate CHORUS x 2 & ENDING So friend’s come as You are, come as you are By the power of His Spirit, He will make you new So come as you are, the Lord is calling you Repeat to End Come as you are, the Lord in calling You
This is knowledge right here thank you yeshua
Amen
No words ... excellent! His peace is indeed real.
Thank you for reminding me not to strive , but let the peace of Christ that passes all understanding rule in my heart today🙏
Thank you for how you told that. Very well explained.I really got it. 😊
Salvation is a wonderful gift to those who believe and faith that opens the door is also a gift. When God opens our eyes to his love for us this gift of love empowers us to turn from the desires of lesser things toward the God of the universe who died on the cross to pay for our sins and save us from his wrath! Jesus thank you for all you do for us so we can worship and serve you with a loving heart from today and evermore. Amen
Salvation is a free gift of God Eph.2:8-9 There's nothing to do but receive it.
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Truth...Amen by the grace and help of God.
Amen
It's not good works to achieve approval, but it is works of repentance to overcome the world by Christ being formed in us. Children of GOD become sons of GOD. The just are purified to be made "perfect," sanctified wholly to put on immortality.