Trusting God For What I Am – Part 2
Trusting God For What I Am – Part 2
We will continue our discussion, “Trusting God for what I am”. God created us exactly the way He wanted that we might fulfill the plan that He has for us. Our spiritual gifts are consistent with the physical and mental abilities as well as the temperaments which God created us with. God does not say, the day we become Christians: “Let’s see what spiritual gifts should, I give him or her?” God told Jeremiah in: Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Paul speaks of his apostolic call in the same manner: Galatians 1:15 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace. David also tells us the same thing in Psalm 139:13-16, where he states that God created our innermost being and fashioned us in our mother’s womb so that we might be equipped to fulfill the plan that He set out for us even before we were born. Incidentally there is a political disagreement in our country today about abortion. The fact that God considers those that are in the mother’s womb as being individuals and living beings should settle the argument.
Who and what you are is not an accident, God planned and created both for you. We must trust God for who we are and we must trust Him for what we are. Whether it is an engineer, missionary, homemaker, nurse or any other profession, the old adage “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” surely is true in the area of vocation, calling, and station in life. Eighty percent of the workforce is dissatisfied with the jobs they are performing in order to make a living. All those that are dissatisfied are not aware of the sovereignty of God. That God has a purpose for each of us. No vocation should be considered humdrum if God has ordained it for us.
J. R. Miller said: “The question of small or great has no place here. To have been thought about at all and then fashioned by God’s hand to fill anyplace is glory enough for the grandest and most aspiring life. And the highest place to which anyone can attain in life is that for which he was designed and made.”
I am not denying that work along with all other aspects of creation is under the curse of sin. God’s word for Adam: Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” We must take this to mean that labor is required and often futility accompanies any labor and work. We should view our jobs and position not as a necessary evil through which we eat our daily bread but as the place where God has placed us to serve Him by serving society.
Paul wrote to the Colossian church: Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Many of the Christians in Colossae were slaves who were assigned to the task that were wearisome. Some may have been in a job beneath their abilities or training. They were to work at their task with enthusiasm because they were working for the Lord. The fact that God ordained our days are an encouragement and should give meaning to every day; not just the special or exciting days. Every day is important for us because it is a day ordained by God. Even the most dull and tedious days of our lives are ordained by God and ought to be used by us to glorify Him. The realization that God has planned our days for us should not lead us to a fatalistic acceptance of the status quo. If we have an opportunity to improve our situation in a way that will honor God we should do so. Paul tells the Christians in Corinth: 1 Corinthians 7:21–22 Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) 22 For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.
There has to be a delicate balance between godly efforts to improve our situation and godly acceptance of those situations that cannot be changed by us, these seemingly adverse details of our lives that will not be changed regardless of our efforts or our prayers. They are part of God’s plan for us and we must take comfort from the words of God to the Jewish captives in Babylon.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
These words reveal the heart of God for all His children. He planned only good for the captives, He plans only good for you and me. The plan that God ordained for you and wrote down in His book even before you were born is the best plan for you. It is a plan to prosper you and not to harm you. Many times the plan that He has for each of us seems to be harmful and this takes away our hope. We must walk by faith, so trust God in the face of these adversities that will not go away.
How have you glorified God in your job this past week, month, year?