For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
But you were unwilling,
God longed to restore Israel, but their own sinful choices had them frantically running away from Him in the opposite direction. He longed to give them peace. God longed to calm anxious hearts. But as long as they rejected Himm, they could not find that peace.
God loves to show us His grace and mercy. Even as Israel ran from God and right into the wall of His justice, God offered His grace for their return. He waited to be gracious (Isaiah 30:18). The Lord loves His people. He longs to bless them if they would but stop running from Him and come again to Him.
And so His promise of peace is there for our own anxious hearts. The rest that He promises is the best. The quietness of soul that comes in trusting in God is the source of an amazing joy and an inexplicable perspective on life. It is what our hearts need to feel and our minds need to know.