The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (Psalm 28:7 NIV) We have an expectation that the president of our organization and managers of our department will lead us in the best direction to sustain our job. They have the background, education and experience to do so and we can trust them. Likewise, we can develop an expectation and trust that God will consistently help us at work. We develop this trust when we regularly seek and rely upon him. Reflect for a moment on the many times He has helped you both personally and professionally. He has never let you down. God is reliable. He provides insight and direction to us in our work that we would not have access to if we didn't ask him. As the one who is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient, God has control over all things, including our work situation. He is ultimately the the Chief Executive Officer who makes promises and sets goals. He is the Chief Operations Officer and President, who executes those goals. He controls the money as the Chief Financial Officer and as a Director, he is in charge of the smallest details. As his children, we have access to all of that. Our faith is an advantage in the workplace. Rejoice that we can apply it to every situation in our lives. Prayer-Lord I thank you for being [...]
Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. (Psalm 128:1-2 NIV) In most paid occupations there is an outlined job description, chain of command and payroll cycle. As an employee, we understand what is required of us and who our employer is. There is an expectation that we will receive a paycheck from our employer for the work we have performed. Occasionally we may receive additional compensation such as a bonus or a raise for consistent or excellent work performance. Our employer recognizes our hard work and rewards us accordingly. Scripture teaches us the laws and directions which God wants us to follow in our lives. The Holy Spirit resides in every Christian and guides us according to those expectations. During the workday we should examine our conduct to ensure that we are in alignment with the will of God. Here are some questions we can ask ourselves: What does the Holy Spirit say to me while I’m at work? How does he guide me? Am I being honest in my dealings with others? If Jesus were the customer, a worker or your employer, would he be pleased with me? If we can answer yes to these questions, then we should be experiencing peace and satisfaction in our job. The hard spiritual work we have done is generating rewards for us.