February 8, 2016 – Monday
Isaiah 55-9 (NIV) As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Psalm 56:3-4(b) (NIV) When I am afraid, I put my trust in you… What can mere mortals do to me?
We all know the workplace environment can be quite stressful. It’s easy to get nervous and even fearful when, for instance, a new mayor has a different agenda — or a new department head turns into the ultimate micro-manager. Then there’s the irritable citizen willing to go to the top because, no matter how hard you try, he doesn’t like the outcome. Worse yet, what if there’s another reduction-in-force? What if you get demoted or fired?
You know the stress and fear I’m talking about?
Things at work may not go right despite your best efforts. And, when bad things happen, it’s easy to wonder if God is working on your behalf. But as a Christian public servant, you’re called to trust Him — even in the midst of workplace storms – even when career doors slam shut.
And don’t be afraid. His ways are higher than your ways! He has something good or better for you – in that same workplace or in another. And He’s trying to teach you something. What appears to be drastic is a way for Him to get you refocused – refocused on His ways. You may not understand – you don’t have to understand. All you need do is just trust God completely and don’t be afraid. When mere mortals upset your apple cart, remember God is still on your side. And He will use the situation to bring you closer to Him.
So as you start this workweek, trust God completely and don’t be afraid. When something happens, pray up that situation. Place all circumstances in His loving hands. And remember, His ways are higher than your ways – always.
Yes today at work, seek His ways with all of your heart. And when things go badly, trust God completely and don’t be afraid. After all, the heavens are higher than the earth and He is the One in total control of every outcome.
And you belong to Him.
Dear heavenly Father, I thank and praise You, with all of my heart, for protecting me always – especially when I am afraid. Help me know and trust You in every situation regardless of the outcome. Help me understand You are in control and Your ways are higher than mine. Help me accept Your plan and Your timing. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Wendy Standorf, PHR; IPMA-CP
Human Resources Director
City of West University Place
West University Place, Texas USA