God Wants You to Rest and Let Him Go to Work

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In War Room, the latest Kendrick Brothers film that’s currently showing in theaters, Miss Clara tells Elizabeth that it isn’t her job to fix her husband, and to let God fight for her, accomplishing what only He can. Elizabeth learns that the best thing she can do is to pray for Him, and trust God with the situation. When she does this, she sees things begin to change for the better in her marriage and family life, without her even having to struggle with trying to turn them around herself!

When things aren’t going the way that we would like them to, oftentimes we will become determined to fix them on our own. We’ll do everything we can to get them back on track, yet no matter how hard we try, a great deal of the time it just isn’t enough. What else could we do that would be more effective? How about putting our trust in God and allowing Him to do what we can’t?

Do you know what God wants us to do when things aren’t going right? Instead of going to work, He wants us to rest, and let Him work on our behalf! He knows exactly what the problem is and how to solve it, but how can He do anything about what we’re facing if we’re determined to fix it on our own, and refuse to accept His help? Sometimes, the best thing that we can do is to trust in Him, rest in knowing that He’s got our back, and then when we do act, do so with His guidance.

Ironically, resting in the knowledge that God is taking care of things can sometimes be the hardest thing for us to do. It requires us to fight the urge to just take matters into our own hands. You may actually have to work at resting (Hebrews 4:11)! Though it may feel like you’re being lazy, finding rest in God doesn’t mean that you never do anything, but rather that you’re relying on Him, not yourself, and that you’re acting under His direction instead of just doing what you think would be best.

Whatever your situation may be, God wants you to rest in Him. Trust Him to take care of it for you, and let Him accomplish amazing things in your life that you never thought possible!

Rest In Him

Rest In HimWeek 12 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was John 2-6. These chapters speak mainly of some of Jesus’ miracles, His words to Nicodemus and the woman at the well, interactions with the Pharisees and the multitudes who followed Him, as well as other instances that occurred throughout His ministry.

In John 6:27-29, Jesus told the crowds not to work for food that spoils, but rather food that endures to eternal life, which He would give them. The crowds asked Him in response what they must do to accomplish the works required by God. Jesus defined the work of God for them as this – to believe in the One sent by Him.

So often, it’s easy to get caught up in all the things we feel that we must do to try and merit our relationship with God, and be a good Christian. We try and try, yet constantly fall short of the image painted in our minds. Our good works, however, aren’t the basis of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. He wants us to rest, our work being to believe in Jesus, trusting in Him for our salvation, and continued right standing before God.

Earlier, in John 3:16, Jesus states that anyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life. Verse 17 reveals that He came not to condemn the world, but to save it. Verse 18 emphatically declares that those who believe in Him ARE NOT CONDEMNED! Romans 8:1 says it this way – “. . . there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” As we fix our eyes on our Savior, we are transformed by His love and grace.

This coming week, I challenge you to shift your attention away from yourself and your actions, and begin fixing it on Christ, and what He’s done for you. Begin to focus on God’s work of believing in the One He sent, trusting wholly in His finished work at the cross as the basis of your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Rest in Him, assured of your position as a child of the Most High!