January 12–The Terms of Acceptance

Oh! That inner struggle and battling with God for the rule over our lives! God offers us salvation and strength as we come to Him in repentance and in trust. Yet we are often so full of ourselves that we have no room to accept the love and hope that God would give to 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

Personal Reflections from Sylane                                                                             I really wish the ending of this verse didn’t have to be written. I wish the ending of this verse was not true–EVER–for me or for any one else. How unbelievably tragic it is, that when God offers us salvation and strength, we would actually choose to reject Him and His gifts. That all of us in some way, at some point in time–and maybe  some of us for all eternity–would actually choose to “..have none of it.”

That truth just makes my heart hurt.

I have spoken with so many people in the counseling office and with so many with others–friends and family, and even strangers–in person, on the phone and over the internet. Some for many years–about the same thing. 

I want  so much for my family, for those I know and work with and for every person in the world to know the salvation and strength that is offered through Jesus Christ–our loving Almighty God. 

But as much as I desperately want us all to get it–we won’t all accept it.  And all my wanting in the world doesn’t ensure that anyone will receive it.

All that GOD has done since creation, and is continually doing right now, to offer His salvation and strength to everyone–does NOT ensure that these holy gifts will be accepted. 

Even the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His Holy Son, for the forgiveness of our sins and the promise of an eternal life-relationship with God–does NOT ensure that the LORD Himself will not be rejected.

Sometimes I just want to cry…or scream…or shout: COME ON, PEOPLE!! LOOK WHAT GOD HAS FOR US! IT IS SO GOOD! GOD OFFERS  US THE VERY BEST LIFE WE COULD EVER HAVE–FOREVER! WE NEED JESUS! WE NEED GOD’S SALVATION! WE NEED GOD’S STRENGTH! IT IS RIGHT HERE! PLEASE ACCEPT IT!

And my heart just hurts. How can any of us choose, or continue to choose for even one moment longer, to  “…have none of it”? 

Because we don’t like the terms of acceptance.

Our salvation comes through our repentance and rest.                                            Our strength comes through quietness and trust.

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 work at, or earn, or even deserve my salvation by being more good than bad. That I have to stop doing things in my own power. That I need Jesus to accomplish the complete–holy and loving–work for my salvation. This term of acceptance is the high cost of humility.

The terms of Strength:

To be quiet, I have to admit that I do not first seek to know, hear and obey God’s voice. That I fill my head with  the noise of my own wisdom, thinking, planning and rationalizatons. That I don’t really believe that God will answer me anyway. This term of acceptance is the high cost of listening for, and to, God.

To trust, I have to admit that I depend 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 really don’t 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, listening to God and dependence on God–are a mere pittance compared to what God has to give us. God’s perfect salvation and unfaltering strength are offered for all eternity. God’s good gifts transform minds and lives and relationships in mighty ways–right now and for always.

I pray that I will learn to accept and rely on each day, more and more fully, what I have already been given through Jesus Christ. I pray that each person will accept–and stop rejecting–the salvation and strength God has for us all.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

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