In Isaiah 30, Israel was seeking refuge in the Egyptians rather than God. After rebuking them and pronouncing judgment, God says in verse 18,

Therefore, the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits to have compassion on you, For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

 So, what keeps God from showing me grace and compassion? Verse 15 says,

For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing.  

I miss His love because I am not willing to receive it – I don’t long for Him, as verse 18 says to. I don’t seek Him through repentance, rest, quietness, and trust. I hide my sin, restlessly look for satisfaction in things besides God, and trust in “Egypt” for protection and joy rather than the Holy One of Israel. Sure sounds easier to admit my sin and need, rest in Him, quiet down, and trust a God who longs to show me grace and waits to have compassion on me.

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