“My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:18)
Behold, the Lord comes to save us. *O come, let us worship Him! (invitatory)
As I read the scripture passages from my Treasury of Daily Prayer today, these words from Isaiah were like fresh water to my soul…
“Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
and princes will rule in justice.
Each will be like a hiding place from the wind,
a shelter from the storm,
like streams of water in a dry place,
like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.
Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will give attention.
The heart of the hasty will understand and know,
and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly.
Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:1-4, 15-18, emphasis mine)
Quietness and trust forever.
What do those four words mean to you?
I wonder why God longs to give us quietness. What does “quietness” mean for your heart? What might be God’s invitation to you in quietness?
I wonder why God longs to give us trust. What does “trust” mean for your heart? What might be God’s invitation to you in trust?
I wonder why God longs to give us forever. What does “forever” mean for your heart? What might be God’s invitation to you in forever?
…a peaceful habitation…secure dwellings…quiet resting places…
Take some time today to ponder those words and questions. To what is God inviting you during this season of Advent?
For Abba’s House, our Father is inviting on a journey of quietness and trust. Quietness, so we can discern His voice in the midst of the world’s distractions and chaos, and trust in order to step forward continually in faith to what He is asking of us. There is so much about this journey that is unknown to us, just as when God called Abraham to “go” to a land He would show him, but didn’t say what or where that land would be or how he would know he had arrived. Preparing Abba’s House feels much like that most days. We know God has said “go,” and we sense His Presence leading us, seeing evidence of Him at work all around us; but we have no idea how He is going to build this house for us to have a place in which to welcome hurting souls–a place of refuge and restoration–“in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places” (Isaiah 32:18).
So we wait in quiet trust. Yet we wait actively, doing what we hear Him telling us while we wait. Last Sunday we had our first “vision night” gathering at the barn on the LifeBridge property, with a wonderful turnout of 50 folks coming to hear all about this new ministry in Cypress. Such bubbling excitement and energy filled that old barn! Michael and Steve did a fantastic job of casting the vision and sharing the dream God has placed in our hearts, and Jamie wrapped us up with beautiful, honest words of trust and a powerful prayer of faith. Right now, the main task we have been given is to ASK, SEEK, and KNOCK. That’s what we did that night and continue doing. Would you please ask God along with us for His provision, in His time, for His house?
I close with this prayer by Charles de Foucauld:
I abandon myself into your hands.
Whatever you may do, I thank you;
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures,
I ask no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul.
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.