Are you tired of that challenge? Challenges drain people’s energy and make them despair of life. Such people sometimes wish morning never comes. But this is not the case for those who rest in God. This post admonishes that you cease the struggle and rest in Christ Jesus.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light – Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV).

It is very good to work hard, being diligent because it will cause you to stand before kings (Proverbs 22:29). However, when it becomes a nightmare, takes your joy and peace and makes you sick, then you have crossed over to counter-productive hard-work. It is time to apply the break and check your resting position  in God. This also applies to situations that are beyond your control, mountains that have refused to be moved or problems that you seem not to have solutions for.

Total rest is in Christ: you will find rest spirit, soul and body in Jesus. Rest in Christ means you understand that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither is bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favour to men of skill (Ecclesiastes 9:11); and that the blessing of God does not depend on one’s own willingness or on his strenuous exertion as in running a race, but on God having mercy on him (Romans 9:16).

Resting in God means that you have faith in God (Mark 11:22), that you believe that He is the wisest God (Romans 16:27) indeed and that there is nothing impossible with Him (Luke 1:37). Also, that He is able to handle everything that comes your way. Furthermore, it means that you are not anxious for anything, but that in everything by prayer and petition, coupled with thanksgiving, you present your request to God (Philippians 4:6).

When you understand these and choose to align yourself to them, then you will discover that you will do your part diligently and leave God to do His own part. You will not allow anything or anybody to worry you, not even the uncertainties of tomorrow (Matthew 6:34). You will certainly discover that things will be working out very well and challenges will sort themselves out supernaturally. You are happy and fulfilled all round, and God is pleased that you are resting in Christ.

In conclusion, resting in Jesus is the solution to that challenge. Rest in Christ and in His words, which never fails (Joshua 21:45), and see the wonders that lie in God’s word (psalm 119:18).

Jesus is Lord!

Ngozi Nwoke
Grace and peace of God be unto you.

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