Are you resting or striving? In Isaiah 30 God was speaking through His prophet to a rebellious people. Verse 15 says, “For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. But you would not.”
Verse 1 said that they took counsel but not from Him, and they devised plans but not of His Spirit. It is far too easy to rely on what we ‘think’ should be. Anything that we are doing in our own strength is futile activity.
Verse 28 says, “…to sift the nations with the sieve of futility…” Man’s ways are futile and evil is always done in the dark. Why? John 3:20 says, “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come into the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”
Well we certainly have seen this in our country’s fraudulent election! However, the True Light exposes anything that is hidden. Nothing is unnoticed by the Lord. He remains in control no matter what evil is taking place.
Verse 21 is to be our warrior stance. It says, “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Dark activity is full of striving. 1 John 2:9 says that the one who hates his brother is in darkness. The word ‘hates’ is to despise or esteem less. Verse 10 says, “He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.”
When we walk in the light with the Lord and with those around us, we are fulfilling 1 Peter 2:22. It says, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.”
A pure heart rests in the Lord. All striving with others has ceased. There is no hidden unforgiveness, backbiting, gossip, or negative thoughts because everything we say and do is out in the light. True rest is lack of striving through our thoughts and actions.