So you wake up every morning and going to work has become more of a chore than ever. You’re not excited about the job, the boss, the people on your team – what do you do? Quit? Stick around? If you’ve read my Facebook devotionals you’ll see I’m all about seeking God’s will. Logically, in this economy quitting your job for any reason is a risky move. Spiritually, if you’re not in the place God wants you, sticking around out of fear is a risky move. To my friends who know they are where God has called them to be, I share a message of endurance.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
Is all of your misery at work tied to one person? Have you prayed consistently for them? I’m not talking about a “Bless my butt head boss Phil” before bedtime, I mean really sitting down and praying for peace in their personal lives, wisdom when making decisions, and a softened heart towards other people. You may be surprised how your heart softens towards them in the process.
Perhaps you’re miserable because you always feel like the oddball out. People leave you behind when they go to lunch, leave the break room when you arrive, plan events outside of work without inviting you. Think back over the last year, how have you impacted their lives? Has your behavior reflected God’s love or his wrath?
Take into account that the situations you are in require a lesson to be learned. What that lesson is, is between you and God. Two things. 1 – If you fail, you can count on a retest. 2 – If you avoid it, you’ll find yourself being tested on something else. Let me assure you that God is 100% committed your education, so rather than fight with him, SUMBIT ALREADY!
Stoplight Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank you for loving me enough to teach me your ways just as any earthly parent should. Continue to guide me and open my eyes so that I am reflection of your love.
Still Hungry? Abraham personifies endurance in Genesis 12 – 22.
Originally Published in 2011