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Repentance and Rest
• READ: ISAIAH 30:1-22; 1 JOHN 1:1–2:2
When you find an area in your life that needs change, do you seek to try harder and do better—but find it just gets worse? As Christians, this is often how we look at the gospel. How have we taken something so simple and turned it into a to-do list? Into “Jesus plus this”? Into “I don’t see how God can really forgive me and love me when I keep doing _______”?
In Isaiah 30, God’s children were rushing about “without consulting” God (verse 2). They were making plans to ask for Egypt’s protection in crisis instead of turning to God and crying out for help. In verse 15, the Lord reminded them: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”
The children of Israel were doing what we so often do: trying to worship God by following rules and saying the right things instead of through true repentance and rest in Him alone (Isaiah 29:13).
Jesus confronted this same faulty thinking in Matthew 15:1-20. The Pharisees were upset that Jesus’ disciples weren’t following “the traditions of the elders” and washing their hands before eating (verse 2). Jesus showed them their hypocrisy by reminding them of what Isaiah said: merely following rules is not a mark of true repentance (verses 7-9). True repentance is turning to Jesus, the One who wipes out sin by His blood and gives the only true rest (Matthew 11:28; Acts 3:19). • Savannah Coleman
• Why do we sometimes think of the Bible as “do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that” (Isaiah 28:12-13)?
• When you notice you’re trusting more in your good works than the blood of Jesus, how can you remind yourself His work on the cross finished it completely for you (Ephesians 2:8-9)?
• How does it make you feel to know salvation is free from a set of rules and regulations but instead involves a simple turning to and trusting in Jesus? How will you live in this freedom today?
• To learn more about what it means to trust Jesus, check out our "Know Jesus" page.
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3 (NIV)
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God Is Sovereign, God Is Love
• READ: ISAIAH 55:8-11; 1 JOHN 4:7-10, 16-18
God is sovereign. The word sovereign simply means that He is the Supreme Ruler, the One who has ultimate power. God has the final say in everything!
Wow! I never liked that idea! That is, until I learned that the Bible says God is not only in charge but is also the very definition of love (1 John 4:8). That’s really good news: God can only do loving things!
Because God is sovereign and we are not, He often does things that don’t make sense to us. That is what Isaiah 55:9 means when it says, “my ways are higher than your ways.” God is such a great and awesome God that the reasons behind His actions—while always good—will often be “unsearchable” to us as created beings (Romans 11:33).
When the Bible says God’s thoughts are higher than ours, it means His thoughts are much wiser than ours. He thinks differently and knows things we can’t possibly know. And you know what? That is okay!
We can know for sure that God is love and that everything God does is done in love. God became a human to show His love for us and so that we might have a relationship with Him through faith (John 1:1-14; Hebrews 1:1-3). Because of His love, we can choose to trust Him even when we don’t understand what He is doing.
Even when the world is falling apart, God tells us to stand on the truth: God is both loving and sovereign, and when He rules, He rules in love! • Sharon J. Morris
• How do you feel about God being sovereign?
• How can remembering God’s love help us trust Him as the Supreme Ruler?
• In Christ, why can we talk to the Supreme Ruler about anything (Hebrews 4:14-16)?
Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10 (CSB)