January 11, 2018 – Thursday
Romans 8:28, 10:3 [KJV] For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose… For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
In several jobs I have had, I encountered supervisors with an inflamed ego. So inflamed that their egos prohibit any connection with those around them. So inflamed that their egos lead to hostile workplaces.
In this kind of environment, I find myself tempted with negativity. I feel punished just for being in that workplace. And I fall to my knees at night, asking Jesus why am I trapped there?
But in the middle of my self-pity, scripture reminds me that, for His reasons, I am called to His purpose – even in a workplace where the supervisor has an inflamed ego. Even when I am surrounded by those who know only their own self-righteousness, I know He has me here for a reason – His reason. And I am promised that all things will work together for good if I continue to love God and continue to be called according to His purpose.
Today at work, you may face the most arrogant supervisor. Someone who does not submit unto the righteousness of our Lord. And it will be agonizing to be in the same building with that supervisor – let alone in the same room. Just remember who you are and to Whom you belong. Submit to His righteousness and surpass the righteousness of that supervisor who has an inflamed ego.
You love God, and you are called to His purpose. It doesn’t have to make sense, nor does it have to be easy. All things will work out for the good.
Father, help me remember You love me as I love You. Give me the gift of patience as I deal with those who are lost. Perhaps You are calling me to show them Your way. Help me be the person You have called me to be in my workplace. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fayetteville, Arkansas USA
and Candidate, Online MA in Homeland Security
Robertson School of Government
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA