Dear One, God is bigger than a hustle. I see a lot of talk from Christian women about “hustle” and it grieves me because it grieves God, our Heavenly Father.
God never intended for us to hustle but to work diligently at the things He’s called us to do, knowing that He will bless the works of our hands.
My hustling heart blocked the flow of God’s presence and His blessings.
Sure we can pretend for people but God knows when our hearts have gone astray, even after the good we think is God.
Isaiah 55:1-3 says,
Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing]. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your earnings for what does not satisfy? Hearken diligently to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [the profuseness of spiritual joy]. Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant or league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.
If you’ve been using the word “hustle” to describe what you do because it’s trendy word and catchphrase, have you ever stopped to ask yourself what the word actually means.
(verb): force (someone) to move hurriedly or unceremoniously in a specified direction: “they hustled him into the back of a horse-drawn wagon” push roughly; jostle: “they were hissed and hustled as they went in” hurry; bustle: “he had to retag second base and hustle back to first” obtain by forceful action or persuasion: “the brothers headed to New York to try and hustle a record deal”
coerce or pressure someone into doing or choosing something: “don’t be hustled into anything” sell aggressively: “he hustled his company’s oil around the country” obtain by illicit action; swindle; cheat: “Linda hustled money from men she met” to engage in prostitution.
Can you see how hustling wasn’t intended for God’s children, and how it can block the flow of God’s blessings?
Here are some definitions of the word “work”: