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If you are anything like me, you have a long list of things you need and want. You might separate them in your mind under two headings: things that God has to do, and things that you have to do. For example, if I need a breakthrough, it will go under the ‘God’ column, but if I need an Exec PA and a Marketing Guru (no joke…I really do need both!), I can make this happen in a variety of ways, such as creating job specs, placing job postings, asking around, speaking to those who offer such services, etc.
Seeing this was a real need for me, I did all of the above. However, after striving for a whole week, feeling anxious (yeah…I admit it), stressed, and experiencing the absence of God’s promised peace, I presented the situation to God. By the way, it wasn’t that I hadn’t told Him about the matter. Rather, I’d told Him what I was going to do, with no input or direction from Him as to how I should go about it. As far as I was concerned, I knew what I had to do, and I was determined to make it happen somehow…or so I thought.
Getting What You Want – God’s Way
During that same week of ‘Exec PA and a Marketing Guru’ hunting, as I prayerfully pondered on what to write about for my Keep The Faith column, God gave me Isaiah 55. This is where He began to teach me about ‘getting without striving’.
“Everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
And you who have no money
come, buy grain and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost
[simply accept it as a gift from God].”
Isaiah 55:1, AMP
As I pondered on this Scripture, it became a stark reminder that God’s way of meeting our needs and desires is different from the world’s approach, though sadly, the latter has drifted into the Church (Isaiah 55:8-9). The world says ‘Work your guts out and you get what you want’, but God says, “Come to Me, and I will give you what you need” – at no cost.
Similar to how the gift of grace and mercy has been made available to us, Father has graciously made provisions to include all our needs and desires. In my world, that includes an Exec PA and a Marketing Guru! So why are we not tapping into this?
No Such Thing as a Freebie?!?
You might be forgiven to think that no one gets something for nothing, seeing the ‘world’ has groomed us that way. After all, who buys anything without paying for it with money, in its various forms (eg. credit, BACs, PayPal, cheques, loans, etc.), these days? Even if it is a ‘buy now, pay later’ offer, you will still have to pay! There is always a catch!
Yet, reading the Scripture in Isaiah 55 (along with other Scriptures), God makes heavenly resources available to us at no cost, though somehow we think it’s too good to be true. So we disregard His invitation to come, continue to strive, looking away from Him to other ‘sources’.
Consequences of Disregarding God’s Personal Invite
When we disregard the personal invite we have from God our Father, sooner or later we will begin to feel the impact of turning our attentions elsewhere (Isaiah 30:15-17). Furthermore, when we look to ourselves to fulfil what only God can do (which is pretty much everything), we tire ourselves out, carrying loads on our shoulders and tasks on our hands He never intended for us. (Ask me how I know about this…)
The drudgery of life often culminates in not getting the desired results or even the equivalent return for the effort we’ve put in. Just ask the disciples, who had been labouring all night to catch fish (Luke 5:1-11 and John 21:1-14).
So, Isaiah 55 is setting a (different) precedent here, which results in stress-free provision, nourishment, satisfaction and strengthening by His spiritual provision – more than money could buy or our efforts alone could achieve (Psalm 127:2).
Accepting God’s Heavenly Resources
In order to experience God’s provision and rest from striving, you need to do the following:
- Accept that God has already made provision for you. He has a plan for you to enjoy the abundant life.
- Recognise your entitlement to this. Accept this as a privilege of being a child of God.
- Always bring your needs, concerns and desires – big or small – to God. After all, He is your Provider. In all situations, ask Him and never rely on your own strength or wisdom.
- Look out for and accept the many expressions of this free gift in your day-to-day life, for God has multidimensional ways of providing.
- Thank Him for meeting your needs and desires – even if it’s not in the way you were expecting it (Isaiah 55:8-9).
In closing, always remember to come to God as often as is needed. There are no limits as to how often you are allowed to tap into His resources. Thankfully, neither is there a price to pay, as Christ has already paid the price, not with money but with His priceless blood. So, eat and drink to your satisfaction.
Scripture to meditate on: Matthew 6:25-34 (MSG), 1 Peter 5:7.
Written by Grace Gladys Famoriyo (Author and Speaker). Adapted from the book, Bounce Back! How To Survive, Thrive and Maximise Challenging Life Experiences by Grace Gladys Famoriyo. Other titles include: Quit Hiding, Start Living!; Healing A Discouraged Heart, and Overcoming Emotional Baggage. www.gladysf.com
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