Happy Tuesday, friends! Today I’m sharing an old post as this is speaking to my heart right now. I pray that God meets you with these words, as well. May you be blessed, my friend.
I have been reading Isaiah 30 for days now, unable to leave this chapter. These pages are full of glory and grace, the beautiful heart of our Lord. And I have kept reading these words over and over. “Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you.”
These words, they spell the glory of His grace, don’t they?
“Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18)
Do you hear that, dear one? The Lord will wait. He is waiting for you. He longs for you to lift your eyes towards Him and see Him there, right with you. God is waiting for you, His patient love and gentle grace waiting to pour over you.
Oh, He knows about your days — the ones when you wander off. When the pain overwhelms you. When the temptations of this world take hold of your heart. He knows about the hard days and the weary ones; when you try too much and when you want to give up. He knows, and so He waits. For you.
He will wait for you, longing for you to turn to Him with your hurt and troubles. Why? Because He delights in you. He delights in all that you are, and He loves you. He wants you to return to Him, to come back to Him. So He waits — and it is because He wants to be gracious to you. Even if it means waiting out your stubborn days and selfish ways.
And when you finally do return to Him? Oh, sweet grace.
“For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.” (Isaiah 30:19)
He will hear you. Never doubt that, my friend. God will hear you when you cry out to Him. He hears you when you fall on your knees with the last bit of your strength left. Those silent cries of your soul, the quiet tears of your heart? God hears them all. You are never alone with them, as He holds all your tears and all those unspoken fears.
I know it is a lot you try to carry, this shame and all that pain, your rebellious ways and hopeless days. There will be these days when everything is just too much. You will wander off the path even though you knew better. You will go searching for better, though you know you left the better behind.
But know this, friend. When you choose to come to the Lord and trust Him? There are only better things ahead. You will find mercy and grace. You will find everlasting love.
Is there something in your life — a part of your heart — that you are struggling to give to God? Is there something that you are waiting the Lord to answer? How can I pray for you and with you this week?