Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 My people will live in peaceful settlements, in secure homes, and in safe, quiet places. Isaiah 32:18

Sounds idyllic doesn't it, but why? It's not the words settlement, homes and places but the words that describe these places: peaceful, quiet, safe and secure.

We all love to feel 'at home'. It describes being comfortable, relaxed and rested. A cosy night in on a dark winter's night or at the end of a busy working day when we come home, unwind and chill. There's something very comforting about home.

This verse describes a home that is peaceful, secure, safe and quiet. As I write I'm conscious that we all have very different homes and some may have no home at all. There are those in this world who are war torn whilst others have perhaps an unhappy marriage or an unruly child to contend with and home feels far from peaceful and quiet!

It's as well our Lord knows of our need for 'home'. It is spoken of more than 600 times in scripture. He speaks of the mansion we will find in heaven but He also speaks of making His home in our hearts.

'Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them".' John 14:23

He will come and make His home in our hearts. Surely this is what every Christian should truly desire! When God is in our hearts then we are peaceful, quiet, safe and secure. It doesn't matter which country we are in or how difficult our circumstances: the Lord of heaven and earth has made His home within us. Therefore we can learn to be at rest wherever we are.

If we learn to be quiet, peaceful, safe and secure within ourselves we will have the rest we long for.

'Are you seeking great things for yourself? Seek them not!' Jeremiah 45:5

Rather seek to be one with Christ who can give you the rest, quietness, safety and security you need.

'In quietness and confidence is your strength.' Isaiah 30:15