“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘ No. We will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘ We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift. Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you, He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”
Quiet: hushed, still, motionless, calm, or serene
You tell us where our strength is when the enemy presses in. You tell us our posture and you even call out the instinctive fears within us-flee and flee quickly. You tell us how to be and where salvation is but since this goes 100% against this world and our limited common sense, we flee and we flee quickly.
In the end, you are still compassionate God and you call those who wait on you
I’ll wait on you in trial and pain as a mother waits upon her baby in childbirth. A great blessing is coming-be still and quiet. Do not flee but endure this waiting for those who wait on the Lord are blessed.
Don’t think about how long because that will cause anxiety. Think about your Lord and exist in this difficult place. Let the darkness strengthen you and the agony build your patience like a great wall not easily broken. The refining fire is incredibly painful and will lap up all that should not be. It will burn and burn and only when it’s refined everything in its grasp to a soft white dust will it go out.
Don’t douse your refining fire.
Let it burn.