I’ll be honest. I’ve had a rather love/hate relationship with certain scriptures at times…You know those ones that sound really great when you’re giving them to someone else as encouragement or correction, but when they apply to you they kinda stink… Isaiah 30:15 is one of those for me.
“Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me-the very thing you’ve been unwilling to do.”
Isaiah 30:15b MSG
Sounds great, doesn’t it? “stop your silly efforts to save yourselves” sounds totally awesome until their YOUR efforts and they don’t feel so silly.
I must confess, I can be a bit of an over-fixer aka panic-fixer sometimes. Let me ‘splain…
We’re out of town and the truck won’t start. Automatically I am thinking of people I know who live nearby, hoping that they are home. I’m planning to call them and ask them to come pick us up while simultaneously planning to call my parents to ask them to go over and feed my dogs and horses since we won’t be home that night.
Never mind the fact that I just prayed that the truck would start… I’m already coming up with a back-up plan in case my prayer “doesn’t work”. Sounds pretty double minded to me. Sounds pretty self-saving-as if I don’t REALLY think that God will come through for me.
Salvation is MORE than just being rescued from hell and eternal separation from God. Jesus came to seek and save ALL that was lost, and that includes every area of our hearts that needs saving.
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Luke 19:10 NASB
Maybe you also need rescued from your tendency to over-fix. Maybe you need rescued from an over-dependency on people for your happiness. Maybe you are too independent of people and have a “fine I’ll do it myself” attitude too. Maybe you never let God heal your heart from the loss of a loved one. Maybe you don’t REALLY trust that God is good.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things.”
Romans 8:32 NIV
Come on now, the God who gave His EVERYTHING, risked His one and only Son for the CHANCE that you might choose Him DOESN’T care about your yet unfulfilled desire to be married to a Godly spouse? Or your constant feeling of loneliness, or how your heart aches and screams every time you think of that person or that situation?
Really???He doesn’t care???
Nope. Not buying it.
The same cross that paid the price for our eternal salvation paid the price for us to have abundant life, a life rescued and healed and restored.
Whatever it is, Jesus came to heal you, to rescue your heart fully, to restore ALL that was lost in the Garden of Eden.
But He CAN’T if we won’t stop our silly efforts to save ourselves, if we won’t surrender EVERY area of our hearts to His Lordship and His rescue.
Jesus came to seek and to save ALL that was lost.
Think about it for a minute or two. What area of life repeatedly causes your heart to hurt deeply? Where do you hit the panic button again and again? Take some time and ASK the Holy Spirit to show you where you need rescued. God desires to rescue us even more than we long to be rescued.
“All things” includes rescuing and restoring the pieces of your story that you thought were irredeemable.
Invite God to rescue you in these places. Recognizing that you need rescuing is the first step, but we also need to invite him into these places.
Pray with me.
Lord, I am so THANKFUL that you came to seek and save ALL that was lost. I need you. I desperately need you. But I also WANT you. I want to have all that you paid for me to have and I want to be all that you desire me to be. Come, Jesus, come. Catch my heart here. Help me to recognize when I am trying to save myself and to turn to you quickly.