“…in repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. 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! Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!”
(Isaiah 30:15, 16, 18)
It is difficult to persevere, confident of God’s timing and faithfulness, when circumstances scream at us to find the nearest exit door from the place of testing.
One lesson we must learn is that God’s process for maturing us usually runs directly through the wilderness of testing and opposition. We walk through the valley of the shadow of death to learn about our shepherd’s rod and staff.
Only after the lessons of that valley are walked through does He prepare a table for us in the presence of what opposed us and then the anointing and then the anointing pours over us and the cup of blessing overflows. See Psalm 23.
God desires to pour out the full measure of blessing but not before the desert place had tested our hearts and proven His. When we try to “run on swift horses” to escape the process designed to teach us repentance, rest, quietness, and trust, God is obligated to send the process swiftly to the next place we run until we finally embrace it and learn His heart.
Remember, God is compassionate and longs to show compassion, but He cannot do so if we constantly run for the nearest exit from the place He has determined we will discover it.
Lord, teach me to view my circumstances through Your eyes. Help me to rest in You and not run from what I must walk
through in order to receive Your anointing and blessing. In Jesus’ name Amen.
(Shared from Paul D. Blank, Pastor of Immanuel Christian Fellowship, Manheim, Pennsylvania)