For many of us, our first response to difficulties may be to panic, become upset or fearful, or begin crafting a plan to fix the situation. Hopefully as we mature in our relationship with God, our default will be to immediately turn to him with any challenge and seek his wisdom and direction.

What happens, however, when the difficult situation is upon us, and we turn to God and don’t really hear or see anything changing with the situation? I’ve found myself in such a situation for months now. In fact, at times it seems things have gotten worse. I find myself wondering what I may be doing wrong or asking myself if I’ve missed something I should be doing in order for God to fix the situation. In my mind, I recall the various Scriptures that declare God’s power, his goodness to his children, and his promises for deliverance. Surely there’s something I’ve missed and thus the delay, right?

Or could it be possible that my job is to simply stand (Ephesians 6:13)? Am I really comfortable with that? Am I willing to stand if that’s what God is asking of me? Or do I feel the need to continue to search for a fix and “help” God?

When I think more closely about what it means to stand, I believe there’s more there than I initially thought. Standing does not imply that I do so without continuing to declare God’s Word and promises over my situation. As I stand, I remain in full faith and confidence of God and his Word and willingness to work on my behalf.  I can stand fully armored remembering my situation is spiritual and not just a matter of flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Instead of doubting my relationship with God, I could choose to trust God and remind myself that he is who he says he is and he does what he says he will do. It is impossible for our God to lie. The Bible tells us that God hears us when we pray and that we have the things we ask of him (1 John 5:14-15).

Finally, as I stand, I can take advantage of God’s provision of peace and enter his rest. When we rest in him and his promises, we bring honor to him and he delights in us. God intends for us to walk in his peace and enter his rest despite what life brings our way. So take a rest. We’re in good hands.

by Seantele Holbrook

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“Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” Ephesians 6:13

Father, thank you for your provision of rest for us. Help us to embrace your peace and enter into your rest as we face the many issues of life. 

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