Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”PROVERBS 3:5-6
In times of uncertainty that’s when our faith walk with God is being tested the most. What seems like a problem can sometimes be God pushing us to go out of faith a little further and begin to explore new possibilities that our gifts will make room for. “For we walk by faith, not by sight”.- 2 Corinthians 5:7
Let me tell you a brief story about how God had to fire me to promote me.
Many years ago I wanted to quit my job. I knew I was bigger than the role I played at my current position and like everyone else, I wanted to advance my career. I was great at the function of my job, but not happy with the environment I was in. My co-workers lacked professionalism and maturity which made my working environment difficult to thrive in. I was hazed constantly, rejected, and talked about. I was depressed and felt suffocated but yet I was still afraid to pursue other employment even though I was being mistreated at my current job. The fear of starting over, learning something new, and putting myself through the interview process again was disheartening. I wanted to quit, but I also wanted to stay and fix the issues at my current job because I was comfortable (already working there).
What ended up happening is I eventually got fired. I left feeling rejected because I wanted to quit but they let me go, I knew I was better and sharper (a hard worker) but they still let me go. I was perplexed at losing my job even though all the signs had been there years before. I was overworked, overlooked, underpaid, and under-appreciated, yet I was hurt when they released me from that job.
It wasn’t until I was forced out by God (fired) that I actually started looking for other jobs. I eventually found a new one and it paid higher than the last job, had better co-workers, and I fit in the new place. All the things I wanted and felt I deserved were available to me but my old job and old mindset were in the way. God had to remove the old thing to replace it with something better and my job was to trust that it could be done by continuing to interview until I landed a good position.
What I learned about myself during this lesson was, I don’t have all the answers. I was trying to stay in a dry place in fear of not being comfortable. God wanted to challenge me to go out and seek something better but I had to be pushed out to pursue something better. I learned that I don’t know what’s best for me, I just know what comes easy to me, but God knows what’s best. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails”.- Proverbs 19:21
My uncertainty was an opportunity to have faith in God on a deeper level, and besides, I had no choice I needed employment but instead of settling I waited on the Lord and landed a better opportunity. What I’m trying to say is, we see in part, but God sees all things. Sometimes we are aiming too low and God plans to seat us higher. We must trust in the Lord and discern the environment we are in. That way we can stifle the spirit of fear and pursue the Lord’s plan for our lives. The Lord wants to increase us, so let us learn to trust in the Lord.
I pray this message helps you cultivate your mind in the area of uncertainty, and teaches you to take a leap of faith and trust in the Lord.