WORK STRESS? – GOD IS AT WORK!
Today is the beginning of another work week for millions of Believers around the world.
Many joyfully anticipate returning to work after the weekend, but some cringe at the very thought because of difficult situations they face in their workplace.
Even now some are thinking:
“God how will I make it through another week?”.
“I am so tired of dealing with this situation!”
“Lord why? Why do I have to go through this, I can’t take anymore!”
“Will a change ever come?”
To you who are going through intense trials in the workplace, know that the trial has not come to destroy you, but to make you stronger; what the enemy means for evil, God means for good.
Take a minute and mentally and emotionally step back from your current difficult situation at work.
Could it be that God is allowing the situation to stimulate changes in your character?
Could it be that the situation or person(s) is in your life as a “fruit cultivating tool”; a tool in the hands of God allowed for the purpose of cultivating a higher level of spiritual maturity in some area of your character, perhaps to further develop patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control or peace and joy in spite of your outward circumstances?
Could it be that God is allowing the situation to deepen your love walk, to increase your capacity to show His love to the people involved in spite of their wrong doing or ill attitudes toward you?
Perhaps it is there to allow the opportunity for God to give you hands on training in spiritual warfare, in fighting the enemy His way using His spiritual weapons and not your carnal ones.
Or could it even be a test of obedience? Is everything about the situation saying you don’t have to deal with this, get a transfer, resign, leave, run, just get away, but within your heart, in the very depths of your spirit, you know the Lord wants you to stay and go through the process even though at times it feels like it is killing you? – Well maybe it is killing you; killing your fleshly nature and thereby strengthening your spirit man so that your life can bring more glory to God.
Or maybe it is to enable a new level of spiritual perseverance and fortitude in you and to deepen your relationship with God your revelation of His reality and relevance to your work life.
There are so many plausible reasons why God is allowing this situation in your life and He may or may not reveal them to you at this point, but whatever the case, you can rest assured that if you ask Him to see the situation through His eyes and to give you the wisdom and grace to handle it according to His ways, what the enemy intends to use to cause you harm, God will turn around for your good.
Remember, God’s ultimate purpose is to conform us to the image of His Son Jesus Christ for His glory and that trials, even those that arise in out workplace, are a key part of His tool box.
So this morning, as you begin another work week, prayerfully look at your situation and ask yourself,
What may God be trying to work out of me?
What aspect of Christ’s character might He be seeking to develop in me?
How can I use this situation to draw nearer to God and to bring glory to His name?
To you who are going through intense trials in the workplace, know that the trial has not come to destroy you, but to make you stronger and what the enemy means for evil, God means for good.
Here are some scriptures that you can meditate on and that will help you:-
“Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”
(James 1:2-4, Amplified Bible)
“Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you.
But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory [full of radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph [exultantly].”
(I Peter 4:12, 13 – Amplified Bible)
“If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of [b]the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.
Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.
For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,
[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].
(James 1:5-8 Amplified Bible)
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
(Ephesians 3:20-21, Amplified Bible)
Remember, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, to obey is better than to sacrifice and this too shall pass.
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