Although we are Christians, we are also humans and it is human nature to feel the need to ‘fix things’. Whether it is work issues, relationships, finances, decisions etc. there is always something in some capacity that we think we can be in control of fixing, changing or swaying in a certain direction. However, sometimes it is necessary for us to lose that something or someone or maybe not to get that job/promotion at that time because God knew that we wouldn’t be able to serve Him, if we went to that place or situation at that specific time. The reality is that by taking control ourselves we are not trusting God.
God loves us with an unconditional, agape love and He has plans to prosper us not harm us; Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’. Sometimes to lose something is to actually gain and draw us closer to Him. For a while now I have felt a calling upon my life, but I have continued comfortably in my day-to-day routine and taken no steps in making that calling a reality. I have recently been experiencing a very challenging time at work, watching my colleagues and friends being bullied and another colleague having a nervous breakdown. Other colleagues have been on long term sick leave. It has been particularly painful time and on a number of occasions I have tried to take control and almost thrown the towel in. I now realize that God has me there and has let me go through this trauma to wake me up, to draw me closer to Him and to get things moving with His calling for me which is now underway. As well as being the only Christian at my workplace I am able to strengthen and witness to others.
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As Christians we are not exempt from enduring trails and going through difficult seasons, however we have a God who is bigger and stronger than any challenge we face. We need to stay strong through the storm and just do nothing except pray and draw closer and closer to Him, trusting in Him and the promises He gives us. He is the Lion of Judah and is continually fighting our battles - There is nothing that will not work out for good if we hand it over to God and wholly surrender to Him, (as the song below declares) ‘He will NEVER let you down’.
Interestingly just after finishing this blog I read my daily devotion and a part of it seems so fitting to this blog ‘Do you have this spirit in your prayers to God? Are you able to thank him for his divine and sovereign working, even when it crosses your own desires?’. God bless.
May God bless and enrich your life
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