This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.
16 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!
17 A thousand will flee
at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
you will all flee away,
till you are left
like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
like a banner on a hill.”
18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.
20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.
21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
Not through hard work and strife; not through self-inflicted punishments; not through great acts of valor; rather, the way of salvation is through repentance and rest. When we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And when we are confronted with Your fatherly discipline, our strength will be found in quietly trusting You. Though we are fed the bread of adversity, we know that it comes from You r gracious hand; though we strain to see any vision of hope, we know we will soon hear Your words of assurance. O compassionate, heavenly Father, help us to be ready for the blessing that comes from patiently, faithfully submitting ourselves to You.