My focus in you is where everything lies,
unbothered by the trials and hurts that flies
past me without a clue or warning,
but I know I am secure in you, the glory
belong to you my king, my lord
In you is where I am brave, I am bold.
Nothing is greater than what I have inside,
nothing is greater than you, Jesus in you I hide.
We covered the meaning of Grace and dived deeper into Isaiah 40:31. This post will be co-written by Chukwudi and myself. We will be sharing our own accounts on times we rested in God and challenges we faced. May you be blessed as you read in Jesus name.
Resting in God has not been easy for me, especially as someone that liked to be in control, and stubbornness doesn’t help either. I have been through many seasons in my life where I have been crushed down and remoulded by God. He was reminding me that I can not do it all on my own and remind me that he is beside me. If I did it alone I will only be frustrated, heartbroken and depressed. And in him, there is complete peace. I just need to put my hope in him.
There were times where I thought I knew better and was pushing myself away from God. That attracted anxiety and fear, and I was doubting my decisions a lot. Went from a confident and self-aware woman to one who doubted her own decisions and became double-minded. The bible says that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. And that was exactly what happened. I even noticed that the further away I was from God the harder it was to love others and even myself. So I had many conflicts with my friendship and romantic relationship. When what was missing was focusing on God and resting in him. This took over 2 years of being hot and cold but the journey was needed. I learnt a lot about myself and how without Christ you are in Crisis. You cannot be lukewarm and expect to grow in God.
As I began to rest in God, there was this peace and contentment that I’ve never had before. I felt so full in his love and it brought so much joy into my life. The way I interact with others was different and my main focus was to show love. Remind them that they are loved by God. I faith in him strengthened and I started praising him for what he was going to do in my life, because I remind myself that his thoughts towards me are of good and not of evil, to bring me to an expected end!
Previously, I spoke about the importance of knowing God and how we are powerless without hi.m. I left the scripture in Isaiah 40: 31 for us to meditate upon. It said:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint.
In the verse, it says they that wait upon the Lord. Waiting is a process that many of us don’t like. It is frustrating, tedious and unproductive. But what exactly do you do when you wait? Are you just idle or do you prepare for what is to come? Do you thank God for the blessings he is pouring into our lives or is it fixed upon that one goal? Where is your focus? According to the scripture, our focus should be on the Lord and the things he does. He is ever-present, and his Grace covers us daily. Whether we are good or bad or lost. His Grace is for everyone, and we can’t escape that. Acknowledging his Grace is fantastic.
The dictionary definition of Grace is :
Grace is // Grace like a flood – Transformation Church
Let us go back to the verse. As we wait upon the Lord and our strength is renewed, we will be like Eagles. Eagles are the only birds that fly the highest, they are the kings of the air. This means when you are waiting on the Lord, not only will your strength be renewed but, you will be as powerful as Eagles, you will not be weary in what you do; whether you are running or walking for he will be by your side. And this is precisely why resting in God brings so much Joy. Because he doesn’t just give what you ask for but, he gives you more to show you that He is God!
I want you to reflect upon this for some days and think about any situation that you are going through where you need to rest in God. Are you helpless? Hopeless? Lean on God, and he will not forsake you.