With a yawn and a sigh, you anxiously sit at your desk. You feel miserable at this job, why should you hurry? When you take a seat at your desk, you know exactly how the day will unfold. Your boss will talk to you like you are something off the bottom of their shoe. You’ll have at least two voicemails to return of issues that you are unclear on how to solve. And your customers will give you a hearted grumble when you greet them. That’s just how things go in your workplace. And that’s why you dread going into work every morning.
Do you feel miserable at work?
Whether you can’t stand your daily responsibilities, work for a difficult boss or feel overworked, undervalued and underpaid, the process of enduring a job can feel depressing. So, where can you turn? You can call out to God for peace and help. And you can open up your Bible and mediate on God’s Word and spend time in His presence.
Lord, I feel overwhelmed at my job. Fill me with your peace today.
A person who desire rests on you,
You preserve in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3 (CJB)
Many of us have a really hard time with hearing testimonies of God doing the miraculous. It’s not because we don’t believe that God did it for that person, or that we don’t believe God performs miracles or that He can or does wants to perform miracles in the lives of His people. It’s just that it hasn’t happened in your life. When God moves in other people’s lives in a way that He hasn’t in yours, it easy to feel overlooked, and it can be hard to hear how good He has been to other people. When miracles are happening in the lives of others, sometimes embracing God’s sovereignty is difficult to accept. It’s hard to keep your confidence in God when you feel overlooked. Perhaps you are currently in this place, when miracles are happening for others around you while you are believing God for one.
Maybe you are sick in your body. Maybe you are dealing with a mental health disorder, a physical disability, or you’re asking God to give you a breakthrough in your mind. Maybe you are dealing with financial difficulties, failures or disappointments, an ongoing conflict in your family, or a prodigal child you are praying for to return. Maybe you are broken, and you are still angry and hurt. My goodness, I get that. Some claim that faith is defined by begging God and believing without a doubt that He will do it. But faith is not measured by trying to manipulate God in order to get Him to give us a miracle; we must trust Him beyond what we see in the natural and not allow the external to shut us down internally.
We can put our confidence in God’s faithfulness. If our hope is focused upon this life, we will forever be disappointed. But if we believe that God is not a man that He should lie and we hope for in that we do not see, if we believe God loves us and He is for us, then we can wait patiently (with a good attitude) for what He has promised. Our ability to endure hardship is the confidence to live with hope.
What are you struggling with to trust God in your life? In your circumstances, in the midst of your deepest despair, your deepest unmet desires—God says, “Do not be afraid: trust me.” It may begin with you being transparent and confessing to Him that you don’t trust Him. Today—start being honest with God. I have been honest with God about my anger, doubts, pain and fears. Confessing to God, “Lord I’m struggling to believe you, but I want to,” is the beginning of allowing the Him to work out the issues of your heart and uproot those things that are hindering you from getting your miracle.
Ask God to show you the areas that are not like Him.
He’ll show you.
Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation? Is what you are needing God to work out for you seem unlikely to come to pass? Is your faith diminishing?
Perhaps, you feel completely overwhelmed, trapped with no solution in sight. Maybe you are confronted with a challenge where it seems like you are hedged in, force to make a choice you prefer to not have to make. Or, you are dealing with the sprit of heaviness as you can’t figure out what to do next, for there appears there is nothing else you can do but succumb to your situation. On an emotional downhill, you could be wondering “how can things change for the better?” However, impossibilities are the circumstances in which God performs His best work. Have faith. With you it may be impossible. But with God, all things are possible.
There is no need for faith in that which you can see. There is no glory for God in which you can make happen. Faith begins where man’s ability ends. In the Scriptures, God led the children of Israel through the wilderness to the Red Sea. As the people approached the Red Sea, they noticed the sea was in front of them and Pharaoh army behind them. It appeared as though they were trapped with no way out. In despair, the people cried out to Moses. The situation appeared hopeless. But Moses trusted God during what looked like an impossible situation. Moses didn’t panic but rather he told the people:
Do not be afraid. Stand firm. And you will see the deliverance of the Lord. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.