The one thing God requires of you

Have you heard the silly voices of fear, doubt, uncertainty, insecurity, frustration or anger lately? Maybe circumstances, challenges or conflict has invited these thoughts to come to the fore. It does not matter how they begin, but I know where they end.

They end with these words being declared and believed: “Jesus is still on the throne.”

But things happen, circumstances may cause fear to arise in our hearts and people may hurt us that may lead our attention to the limitations of ourselves and the world around us, but none of that changes Jesus’ position.

He is still on the throne, He is still in control, He is still the Author of good things and His plans for you and me are still good. Nothing can overwrite His writing over our lives as He still holds the pen and is busy writing His story through us. Every single day.

So what do we do about everything that happens and the craziness of the world running around on the loose?

The answer lies in the greatest struggle we face every day. To stay in rest.

God knew what our battle would entail even before we become aware of it  and gives us encouragement through His Word:

“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:11 NIV)

Why do we find it is so hard to enter the rest Jesus obtained for us on the cross?

Well, that is because we make it our responsibility to step into God’s shoes and try to take control over our lives. A pair of shoes we can try to fulfil but will never succeed.

God knows us so well and commands us:

Do not let your hearts be troubled…” (John 14:1 NIV)

God does not need us to worry about everything for Him to provide. He provides. All He needs from us is to stay in rest and trust in Him, in everything and for everything. Your spouse. Your family. Your job. Your finances. Your relationships. Your vision.

By staying in rest we give God the complete control over our lives and when He is in control, we have the power through Jesus to keep the enemy under our feet. The place God gave him.

God gave His power to us and not to the enemy, therefore he has no footing in our lives. But when we worry, we move away from our position of authority and give the enemy a right to interfere in our circumstances.

When our circumstances change, it is difficult to remain in rest. But, by not worrying and trusting God to fight our battles, we take away any right the enemy may claim to have.

As we remain at rest, the enemy is reminded that Jesus defeated him at the cross and that we are trusting Jesus to work everything for our good; he remains defeated and no evil plan formed against us shall prosper.

So as you look around you and life gets overwhelming, remember this: Jesus is still on the throne and all you need to do is to stay in rest.

Maretha Retief

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