THIS IS THE REST AND THE REFRESHING!
30th August, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THIS IS THE REST AND THE REFRESHING!
Isaiah 28:11-12 (NKJV)
 For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people,  To whom He said, “This is the rest with which you may cause the weary to rest,” and, “This is the refreshing”; yet they would not hear.
God has not left us without solution to the soul-problem. The human soul has been searching for rest, and seeking to be refreshed, ever since the fall; and the answer is here!
Our theme Scripture is a prophecy by Prophet Isaiah concerning the Holy Spirit, and the impact the Holy Spirit will make in the souls of those who would receive Him. The phrase, “stammering lips” is from a Hebrew word which is also translated as, “A mocking language.” Hence, the Scripture could also be read as, ‘For with a mocking language and another tongue He will speak to this people, to whom He said, “This is THE REST with which you may cause the weary to rest,” and, “this is THE REFRESHING; yet they would not hear.’ Why did the prophecy say, “…yet they would not hear”? They would not hear because God’s means of providing rest and refreshment to the human soul is foolishness to men. The thinking of the natural person is that, “How can one benefit from a language he/she doesn’t understand, and we claim that is from God?” No wonder the multitudes who witnessed the upper room experience on the day of Pentecost made mockery of the 120 disciples. Acts 2:13 (KJV) says, “Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.” 1 Corinthians 1:21 (KJV) says, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” Did you see that? Just as it pleased God to save those who believe the gospel by the foolishness of preaching, it also pleased God to give rest and refreshment to the human soul by the foolishness of a mocking language. Don’t be surprised and don’t get hurt when others mock you for speaking in a language you don’t understand; speaking in other tongues is the rest with which God causes the weary to rest, and it is the refreshing!
Are you weary? Do you feel like giving up on life because your soul is burdened with many weighty issues? Believe the gospel and confess the lordship of Jesus if you haven’t done so yet; and if you’re already born again, receive the Holy Spirit if you haven’t done so yet; and if you’ve already received the Holy Spirit, use the heavenly language He has given you to establish a deep-seated communion with Him. This is the rest and the refreshing! I pray you’ll hear.