I began this Lenten journey with a focus on rest because of Is 30:15 “In REPENTANCE and rest is your salvation. In quietness and trust is your strength.” That is today’s R word, not rest, but REPENTANCE. If Isaiah married these two term together as the two main components of salvation, then REPENTANCE must have a direct impact on rest.
What is REPENTANCE really, is is saying we are sorry? We are often lead to believe that, but that is a very incomplete understanding of REPENTANCE. To REPENT is to rethink ones life. It is a re-evaluation that leads to action. If we will dare to do this, to take time to rethink our lives and then make changes that will cause a better outcome for day-to-day living, then we will invariably be able to rest. If we are unwilling to evaluate or make any changes, if we remain stuck in our ways convinced that we have life figured out, we will often exhaust ourselves trying to keep up the image that everything is ok. I think what Isaiah is getting at this passage on REPENTANCE and rest boils down to surrender. In order to truly experience the salvation that is offered to us as a free gift we must release control. We must admit that our way is not the best way and trust God with every aspect of our lives in order to experience the fullness of his salvation.
Let’s be honest, it is not easy to REPENT. It’s hard to admit that we don’t have it all figured out. If we will do the hard work of REPENTANCE the reward of rest in God will be waiting for us on the other side.