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” NIV
This passage goes on to discuss how the people failed to repent, rest, be quiet or trust.
And, guess what happened? As long as the people were running around trying to solve their own problems, things just got progressively worse for them.
Verse 19 says, “you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help.”
I think that is so interesting. God knows everything about my life. He knows when I am worried or upset about an issue. But, His grace comes when I ask for it, when I cry out to Him for help. This is completely consistent with the message of salvation — He stands knocking. He doesn’t barge in to save the day. But, when I repent and ask for His help, He is immediately there.
I am not strong enough to worry my problems through to a solution. Instead, I will rest and trust in the marvel of His strength.