The UK has suffered this last week from a great deal of severe snowy weather. Ice, freeing rain, snow drifts and high winds have taken their toll on many. School closures have meant that enforced days at home have been the norm.
Got me thinking though – there are many times in our lives when we are “enforced” to sit down when we would rather be up and about. Life has a way of making us stop, whether through car breakdowns, injuries, ill health, loss of employment or family circumstances. Everything in us wants to rush around “fixing stuff”. We then become anxious when we can’t, or maybe when the fixing is done by someone else, and we, naturally, would have fixed it differently.
But there is another kind of sitting down. We read in Ephesians that God has “made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6)
A conscious sitting down usually happens when a task is finished.
We need to understand that in Heaven’s timing, all things are already finished. In the frailty of earthly time, we often have to play catch-up with God’s footprints ahead of us, but understand that God has already gone ahead of you, fixed the problem, and is sitting down, having completed the task. And He has spiritually placed us alongside Christ, and so we can spiritually sit down. No need to rush around fixing things. Just lay them – once – at the Master’s feet, confident that He is and has been well aware of the problem. He will address and has already addressed the issue, in His way, with circumstances and miracles of His choosing.
In this position of sitting, God has also “put everything under (Christ’s) feet.” In putting everything under Him, God left nothing that is not subject to Him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to Him.” (Hebrews 2:8)
So picture it – Christ is sitting in heaven and everything is now under His feet. It is a position of ultimate completeness and authority. And you are there with him! The writer to the Hebrews noted that we do not yet see everything subject to Him. But they are already subject to him in eternity. We have to catch up – with faith. We have to spiritually visualise ourselves resting with Him, in that same attitude of sitting down, and not rushing around like a headless chicken, worrying about all that is to be done. This is especially true if you are concerned over your future – your job, health, children, and family – over the what-might-yet-happen.
Take a moment to spiritually breathe, and then spiritually sit down. You are in more of a position of authority, alongside Christ, than you could imagine.
So – imagine. Imagine the difference it would make to your spirit to just stop and sit down.
Do you have a trusted friend on earth who, in the middle of your panic, says “It’s OK – I got this”? IN Christ, you have a friend who sticks closer than a brother, who will ALWAYS be able to say – “It’s OK – I’ve already got this, planned for it, provisioned for it, determined it and worked it all out for your good”.
And what is Christ sitting on ? A throne.
So what are you sitting on…?
So go ahead. Sit down. He’s got it.
- How many times have you prayed over something, then panicked over it again when you finish praying?
- How is this different to “persevering prayer”?
- What is currently stopping you from spiritually sitting down?