Have you ever had a person or situation in your life that you wanted to change so bad you could taste it? Perhaps you have a wayward family member that is on drugs. Or maybe your spouse does something that royally gets on your nerves. Or maybe there is that coworker that is always trying to shine at your expense. Maybe, you are tired of the stressful situation at work. Whatever the case may be, you want the person to stop what they are doing or the situation to change! But what do you do? You can’t change anyone but yourself. Sometimes you can’t readily change your circumstances.
God wants us to enter into His supernatural rest. Hebrews 4:3 says, “For we who have believed enter that rest.” Furthermore, Hebrews 4:10 says, “For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.” If you are believing, you are resting in God. If you are not believing then you are not resting in God, but engaging in works of the flesh. If you are working, not believing and trusting, God is not working on your behalf. Joel Osteen put it this way: “When we work, God rests, and when we rest God works!”
Therefore, if you want a person or a situation to change, rest in God and turn it over to Him. What does that look like in practical terms? How do you demonstrate that in the natural? What are the visible signs?
- Pray fervently. Prayer is the most poignant way you can show God you are putting the situation in His hands. Remember the effective fervent prayer of the righteous avails much.
- Believe God is working even when it doesn’t look like it. God is always working behind the scenes in the unseen spiritual realm. Even if things get worse, know that God is still indeed working.
- Stop talking about the person or situation. Jesus was lead to the slaughter and opened not His mouth. When we find ourselves in exasperating circumstances with exasperating people, we should do the same. Once you turn it over to God, there’s no longer any need to talk about it.
- Do what you would do in your life if the situation were already resolved. Expend your energy elsewhere for something else. Take care of yourself well. Do something enjoyable. Do not waste your time trying to do God’s job.
- Stop attempting to think of ways you can intervene on the situation. Stop trying to come up with actions to take and take only Spirit-led action. When you try to think of what to do, you block the Holy Spirit’s ability to lead you.
- Come to a place of acceptance. When you get peaceful about the situation, that means you have accepted reality. That doesn’t mean you stop praying or desiring to see change. It doesn’t mean you don’t take Spirit-led action. It simply means that you acknowledge that you need God to change the person or situation or it won’t get done.
To summarize, when you worry about a loved one or allow a situation to steal your peace and joy, God will go into rest mode. If you attempt to change a situation without consulting Him, He will let you wear yourself out. Faith is what will ultimately move God. From His perspective, He does not need your help with people or circumstances unless asks for it and guides you by His Spirit to do so. Sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing, especially when God tells you to do nothing. We think doing nothing will mean the situation or person is doomed to stay the same. However, things will change one way or the other because God is the only entity NOT subject to change. The difficulty may even get worse before it gets better, but don’t despair. If you want God to work on your behalf, as the old saints use to say, turn it over to Jesus and, He will work it out.
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