I have been reading Isaiah 30 for days now, unable to leave this chapter; unable to leave the glimpses of grace and glory that come through these pages and fill my heart. These are the words I have kept reading over and over, “therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you.” These words, they spell the glory of His grace and they come with these soft whispers of His love for us.
“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, longing for you to lift your eyes towards Him and see Him there, right with you. The Lord 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 or the weight or 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 He will wait. For you.
He will wait for you, longing for you to turn to Him with your hurt and troubles because He delights in you. He wants you to return to Him so He will wait, 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, precious one. The Lord will hear you when you cry out to Him, when you fall on your knees with the last bit of the strength left. Those silent cries of your soul, the quiet tears of your heart — the Lord hears them, and He will answer. His scarred hands will cup your heart, His tender heart crying with you.
I know it is a lot you try to carry, this shame and all that pain, your rebellious ways and hopeless days. There will always be these days when everything is just too much, or when it plain hurts to go through one more day, or when you wander off the path even though you knew better. But know this — with the Lord, you will find mercy and grace. You will be blessed when you choose Him. When you choose to come to the Lord and trust Him, trust that 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 have yet to give or are struggling to entirely give to the Lord? Is there something that you are waiting the Lord to answer? How can I pray with you and for you this week?
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