Our scriptural home base for the “Restoring Balance” series has been Isaiah 30:15, Only in returning to me and waiting on me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence will be your strength.
These words were God’s personal call to Israel to change their ways and adopt a posture of patient trust and rest in Him. The words that follow this invitation to the people of God are a warning against stubbornly pursuing their own ways of handling their problems. But you would have none of it. You said, “No, we will get our help from Egypt.” God responds with the consequences of rejecting His way. You will be left like a lonely flagpole on a distant mountaintop.
Present day followers of Jesus take heed. It is not an option to make learning from and listening to Jesus our life’s priority. It is not an option to build times of quietness and prayer into our daily schedules. It is not an option to observe a weekly day of Sabbath. And if we treat these spiritual essentials as such we will suffer the consequences.
That is just what is happening in the lives of many Christians. They are frenzied, fatigued, and frustrated. They are dissatisfied, depressed, and discouraged. They are hurried, harassed, and hope- deprived. They feel like that lonely flagpole on a distant mountaintop.
There is one solution to this situation. Return to God and adjust life to His intended balance. And that means setting aside daily times of quietness before God. It means taking a weekly day of rest and renewal. It means making our relationship with God the one thing, the main thing.
Only in returning to me and waiting on me will you be saved. Deliverance from the cultural taskmasters of stress and hurry and busyness and the emotional tormentors of anxiety, depression, and frustration will come if we choose to do it His way. There are no other options.
Pastor Mike Polo