The Terms of Acceptance

Our God offers us salvation and strength as we come to Him in repentance and in trust. Yet, we’re often so full of ourselves that we have no room or willingness to accept the love and hope that God would give us.

This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” – Isaiah 30:15

I really wish the last line of this verse didn’t have to be written. How unbelievably tragic it is that when God offers us salvation and strength we would actually choose to reject Him and His gifts. Each of us in some way, at some point in time – and maybe some of us for all eternity – actually choose to “…have none of it.”

That truth just makes my heart hurt. How can any of us choose, or continue to choose for even one moment longer, to “…have none of it” when we all need ALL of it so desperately?

Because we don’t like the terms of acceptance.

The terms of Salvation:

To repent, I have to admit that I need to do things differently. That I have done things that are wrong. That I need forgiveness. This term of acceptance is the high cost of honesty.

To rest, I have admit that I cannot earn my salvation by anything I do. That I have to stop doing things in my own power. That I need to receive the loving, sacrificial, completed gift of salvation that comes through Jesus alone. This term of acceptance is the high cost of humility.

The terms of Strength:

To be quiet, I have to admit that I need be silent before God to hear His Spirit and recognize His Word of Truth. That I fill my head with the noise of my own thinking, planning and justifications. That I’m afraid God won’t answer me anyway. This term of acceptance is the high cost of discomfort in quietly listening for, and to, God.

To trust, I have to admit that I rely on my own wisdom and ways to work out the circumstances in my life rather than on God. That I have my doubts about how loving and almighty God really is. That I don’t fully believe God will come through for me, so I best handle things on my own. This term of acceptance is the high cost of dependence on God.

The terms of acceptance on our part – honesty, humility, discomfort in quietness and dependence on God – are nothing compared to what our God has for us. God’s perfect salvation and unfaltering strength are offered for all eternity. And these holy gifts have the power to transform minds, lives and relationships in mighty ways – right now and for always.

May we each choose to accept God’s terms and have ALL of it – all the days of our lives!