In many career and workplace situations, your best will suffice. However, in some tougher situations only the Lord’s best will work for you. Try not to take on ‘battles’ that are really His battles. If you have a good relationship with Him, you’ll be well positioned to let the Lord do for you what you can’t do yourself alone.
Do you have a keen awareness of your spirituality? If you do, your spiritual awareness as a Christian serves you well I’m sure. This 3rd type of awareness is the focus of this Your Next Triumph Series post; self awareness (post) and situational awareness (post) were explored in the last two posts in this worklife series. When you face a ‘cliff’, remember this: The battle is not yours it’s the Lord’s!
Your relationship with Him
If you are a child of God, you have a relationship with the Lord. Your spiritual growth reveals a lot about you and your relationship with the Lord. In a late March post, I explored the four ways (highlighting an insightful John Piper post) that a Christian might be led by the Lord. A mature Christian’s walk is guided as much my discernment as direction. Even if you are a ‘spiritual baby’, your steadfast faith, in the face of anything life puts in your path, tells God a lot about you. Again, the foundation of your Christian spirituality is your relationship with your Lord and Savior.
- Scripture tells us (Ephesians 1:18b -19a) “that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (NKJV)
Believers understand ‘the hope of His calling’. We’re told in the Bible (Mark 16:16 NIV) during the Great Commission that “whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned”. Believers benefit; non-believers don’t.
His Battle, His Best
Doing your best will allow you to effortlessly deal with the career ‘curbs’ you encounter. It may even allow you to deal with tougher situations. However, you will at times find yourself in a ‘cliff situation’.
When you are facing a true cliff, and if you have true faith, give the Lord the Battle! Repeat, give Him the Battle. Scripture is very clear on this. As well, a gospel song I love, entitled “The Battle Is The Lord’s” (video), comes to mind. The Yolanda Adams song conveys this principle musically, not though Biblical scripture. That doesn’t lessen, in my opinion, the power of the underlying message.
- Music, be it hymns, gospel, or any God-exalting Christian music, can serve as helpful and enjoyable ways to reinforce what the Holy Bible sets forth in words. Be it through songs, or Sunday sermons, the message that the Holy Spirit feels we need is still delivered. Personally, at times I’ve been as empowered by a sung message as a preached ones; God has many ways to make his point.
The Bible tells us (2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV): “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s”. Got an emergency, like a cliff? Don’t just run to your phone and dial 911. Call on your heavenly Father too; Ecclesiastes 9:11 to be exact. It may be just what you need to reflect on as you seek help. That well-known verse begins:
I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong (NIV).
Lesson: Give him the Battle. Let Christ, your ‘very present help’, fix your cliff situation. Again, the battle isn’t yours, it’s His.
Your Path to Triumph
As you strive to be a ‘more-than-a-conqueror’ Christian in your work life, keep three things in mind:
1. You’re not alone. Thou art with you (Deuteronomy 31:8 and Psalm 23:4)
2. God’s grace is sufficient. He’s strongest when you are weakest (2 Corinthians 12:9)
3. Even when you feel you’re strong, the cliff you’re dealing with may still be beyond your ‘might or power’. In such situations, only through His Spirit will you prevail (Zechariah 4:6).
SCRIPTURE for those who are aware of their Spirituality
- And the Lord, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NKJV)
- Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4 KJV)
- But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
- So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6 NIV)
“Now I know Him,
So I show Him”
~ William Murphy, “It’s Working”
If there were no cliffs in your life, we likely wouldn’t fully appreciate the curbs or easy, curb-less steps we take with relative ease. If there were no storms and ‘dark valleys’ in our work lives, we wouldn’t appreciate the career mountains we triumphantly climb. Folks, untested faith doesn’t mean much; faith is like a muscle that needs to be exercised to be big and strong. It’s only in truly tough times that God is able to see if you’ll ‘give Him the battle’ – instead of thinking it’s your battle to fight.
If you lack the spiritual awareness of a God-fearing, trusting Christian, you’re not a ‘battle giver’. You’ll foolishly seek to take matters into your own hands. Is this you? Remember, the battle is not yours it’s the Lord’s.
Faithful Christians may get ‘bent’ in certain career and job situations, but the Lord will not allow them to be broken. As we’re asked rhetorically in Romans 8: If God is for you, who can be against you? What am I saying? To put it simply, at worst, ‘those who love Him’ will be Bent, not Broken! The battle is not yours its the Lord’s.
Grace, mercy, and peace to you.
(To be continued)
Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way
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