On day 17, Cindy speaks of how receiving from God leads to effortlessness.
‘Living authentically has much to do with living effortlessly – not striving, conniving, manipulating, clamouring to get ahead etc.’
How do we receive from God? By entering into His rest. Hebrews 4:11 says, ‘Make every effort to enter that rest’. It takes effort to enter that rest, but by being still and trusting God, He will lift us up so that we soar like eagles [Isaiah 40:28-31].
‘When you rest in God, you are operating from a place of supernatural power, causing everything you do to seem effortless.’
‘Be still and know that I am God.’ [Psalm 46:10]
This verse led me to think of Zephaniah 3:17, ‘He will quiet you with his love.’ This in turn led me to read further in The Message version. [This is often how God speaks to me, one verse leading to another and another, and then a special interpretation for my current situation.]
‘the accumulated sorrows… will dissipate. You’ve carried those burdens long enough… I’ll get rid of all those [habits] who’ve made your life miserable.’
Just as He got rid of the suicidal, God now says He will get rid of those habits which have made me miserable for too long. It’s about me making every effort to get into His rest, and then He’ll do it.
‘Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.’ [Matthew 11:29-30]
What’s your experience? How does God speak to you? How do you get into God’s rest?