The hidden riches of God
"...calamity will come upon you suddenly—like a bulging wall that bursts and falls. In an instant it will collapse and come crashing down. You will be smashed like a piece of pottery—shattered so completely that there won’t be a piece big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well.” This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.” Isaiah 30:13-15 NLT
Reliance on our own abilities and ideas disregarding God’s ways are like building a high wall (Isaiah 30:13). Looking from the outside, the wall seems solid and might protect us. But when calamity comes, as Isaiah mentions from the text, a crack slowly forms eventually causing the whole thing to cave in suddenly. In an instant, it collapses and no longer sustainable. Then what we have are “like a piece of pottery—shattered so completely that there won’t be a piece big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well” (v. 14).We do not have the ability to stand up to the pounding that life inevitably inflicts. What God is reminding us is not to hide behind that shattered wall no longer capable to withstand the testings of life. It is true that at times our natural mechanisms for responding to life may seem impressive, but they cannot be trusted. We have to avail of the hidden riches of God. This could mean to some who have been in the faith for a time to once again relearning everything. The Lord Jesus Christ reminded His disciples to have the attitude of children; “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 18:3). That is how great our need is and we should be willing to recognize it. Then from the text, Isaiah puts the two actions that we need to take; “’this is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved’” (v. 15). Deliverance in the Lord means repentance and faith. God’s way to fill us with salvation and strength is by having quietness and confidence. If we live out our lives based upon our spiritual union with Christ, we will experience the rest and quietness our heart longs for. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6 NASB).