One time I had a need to speak to a mentor or counselor. I did not feel I had either who would help me on the area of work. I was not sure of my career path, my purpose and did not have the energy and psyche to work. And things were tough for me. I checked through my contacts and thought of 2 people I could engage. My questions were simple. a) How do I wade through this season, b) have you been there before, and c) what did you do.
Our conversation was deep and went on for about 1 hour. Today, I want to share the reflections of that conversation that have kept me strong and motivated ever since.
God in His Divine providence places us in positions that prepare us for great things; that we may not know of at that time. Consider Joseph, Esther, Daniel. Then consider 2 Cor. 1: 8-11. (In this letter, Paul actually tells us that it is possible to be tested beyond our ability to bear)
Joseph was bought by Potiphar to work for him. He was very diligent in his work that the Bible records that his masters concerned themselves with nothing except the food they ate; Gen 39:6, 39:23 and 41;39-44. His life was not a smooth ride; He was thrown in a well, sold as a slave, put to prison, forgotten by his friends etc. He would have decided to give up on God and despair. But He did not, He was diligent, for the salvation of His people, and bore no bitterness, as we see when he tells his brothers that their sending him to Egypt was for their welfare.
Esther was made queen in a reign wher her people were in captivity, to the same king who was oppressing her people. She would have decided to act in her own ways. But she recognized the power of her position, and had faith in the God who placed her there, knowing that His divine providence was at work. When the time to defend her people came, she did so with courage.
Daniel, like Esther was serving the kings of Babylon who were at the time oppressing Israel. He made a commitment first, not to defile himself with the royal food, and sets an example to God’s people on how to live a holy life. . Ahem. (We all are serving earthly masters, who may be Nebuchadnezzars of our days. It is possible to stand firm). He also devoted himself to learning, information and discernment, so that with Gods power, He was found 10 times better that all the magicians and enchanters of Babylon.
Daniel became a skilled government administrator, excelling at whatever tasks were assigned to him. His service career lasted nearly 70 years, with several promotions just as Joseph, Dan 6:1-5. ” … Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. …the satraps could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.
I am not sure how many of us bear these testimonies at work. We may not have stolen. But we may be counted among those who ” …walk in step with the wicked,
stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers…”
Or we may be trully diligent in our work, but we are not trustworthy with our responsibilities as these three.
I invite us today to soul search. What is my responsibility? In that dilemma of wanting to quit maybe, are you done with your responsibility at work? Do you know it first of all?
Are you called to devote yourself to work so that your masters can rest? Are you the one called for their rest? And maybe, for the welfare of your family as well.
Am I called, like Esther, to speak against the injustices of the workplace?
Are you called, like David to live a holy life, showing all accountability and diligence, that your life is an open book for the non believers?
I invite you to this new chapter of my blog, I will be writing a lot of workplace stories shared by you. Reach out to me if you have an interesting workplace story.
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