Updated: Aug 9, 2019
You’ve probably said this short sentence when you’ve come to your end. If you’re like me when you say it, you also have a crazy look in your eyes…the look that says, don’t mess with me or else everyone in this room with be burned with the fire coming out of my eyes. “That’s it!” means the end of your patience, the end of your sanity, just….the end.
Yesterday I came to my end…there were too many spills, too many complaints, too many “No mommy’s” resulting in consequences that made me feel like the bad guy, too many “mommy I'm hungry’s,” too many times hearing “Mooooooooomm!!!” followed by the scream of a disgruntled sibling. And I use these things as excuses for coming to my end. For saying “That’s it.” It’s my justification.
The Israelites found themselves at their end and instead of running to God, they ran to Egypt for help. Here’s what God had to say about that in Isaiah 30:15-17:
Your salvation requires you to turn back to me
and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves.
Your strength will come from settling down
in complete dependence on me—
The very thing
you’ve been unwilling to do.
You’ve said, ‘Nothing doing! We’ll rush off on horseback!’
You’ll rush off, all right! Just not far enough!
You’ve said, ‘We’ll ride off on fast horses!’
I often ride off on a fast horse…to Starbucks or to a friend so I can complain about my situation. I say things like “That’s it” with fire in my eyes, thinking my kids will freak out by my crazy look and stop. But how far will I have to ride to come to peace? I will never find it.
Thankfully, verses 18-22 continue and give hope to Israel, and to us.
But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you.
He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you.
God takes the time to do everything right—everything.
Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.
Oh yes, people of Zion, citizens of Jerusalem, your time of tears is over. Cry for help and you’ll find it’s grace and more grace.
Grace and more grace. And that’s what I need. Grace. That’s what my kids need. Grace.
Lord thank you that you never come to your end with us. You never say, “That’s it! I’m done.” Please give us the strength to do as you do, to pour out grace upon grace upon grace.