My Instant Pot makes hissing sounds when it finishes cooking and releases the pressure within that it used to cook our meal. Thing is, I also hiss when I have pressure built up within me.
The pressure of time demands, the pull of the phone, the responsibilities, anxieties and even the small addictions that crept in while seeking comfort in a year of lock down all press in.
From deep within began the hiss. I sat up in bed unable to fully fill my lungs with air and felt the hiss leave my lips as I realized pressure demands release. I needed to find a way to decompress.
The psalmist gives us a formula for our soul’s pressure release in Psalm 62:8, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”
Trusting God comes as we know Him. You can’t really trust someone you don’t know. Knowing and reminding ourselves of His love through the gospel is where it begins.
The gospel is the basis from which a tending life grows.
The gospel is the good news that though man was separated from God eternally due to our own sin; yet God the Son was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and died as the propitiation for our sin. He rose on the third day, proof of the satisfaction of God’s wrath and those who surrender to Him as Lord are saved from the eternal death they deserve. The gospel says because of Jesus’s blood, I am made right with God.
Remembering the gospel and the great love of God from which it originates tends the soil of our hearts so we might bear fruit.
Trusting God also comes from time in His Word and in prayer. How can we develop trust with someone we never listen to and spend time with?
The weight of what presses into us, finds relief then as we pour out our heart to Him. Holding tightly to that which pulls us and trying to carry it ourselves only leads to that internal hiss. Unloading the anxieties and burdens of our heart, casting our cares on Him, reminds us that we do not carry this burden, God does.
According to God’s Word, when we make Him our refuge, our place to hide, then we find the “pressurelessness” of His ways. He holds out grace towards us, not expectations that lead to pressure. His slow tending lifestyle comes in the little by little moments of refuge we take in the hope we have in the Father.
We begin to tend our way with less pressure when we remember the gospel, trust the One who loves us most and release our pressures to Him, pressing in to His side. Then we hiss less and bear fruit more.
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