TRUST IN GOD
WE CAN ONLY SEE A LITTLE BIT DOWN THE ROAD
BUT GOD CAN SEE AROUND EVERY CURVE
As Children of God, we are to trust God and let Him guide us in choosing a profession. This will always make our lives and our work much easier and more enjoyable, for He knows all things about us and about our lives that we do not know. The Bible provides many examples of professions and jobs. In most instances, professions in the Old Testament were “inherited” or passed down from father to son or mother to daughter in a mentoring manner or apprenticeship relationship. On occasion, a person’s special talents in a particular area or the call of God on a person’s life were noted, and the person was then singled out for a unique position, as when Deborah became a judge of Israel – Judges 4:4, 5 “And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.”
In the New Testament, women and men enjoyed much more independence in choosing a line of work or a profession. Lydia was a notable businesswoman in the textile industry – Acts 16:14 “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.” Dorcas was a well-respected seamstress – Acts 9:39 “Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.” And, Priscilla worked in the ten-making trade – Acts 18:2, 3 “And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.”
The New Testament believers understood that their entire lives were subject to God’s command and direction, including their choices of careers. They fully relied on the Holy Spirit both for direction and timing. They did not regard their “career paths” as something that they must engineer on their own, rather, they looked at it as something that flowed naturally from a person’s talents and abilities and in response to opportunities that came into their lives. We are to be motivated in our work by a desire to use our abilities to their fullest for the glory of God, rather than being motivated by positions on corporate ladders, work incentives, higher salaries, or cultural standards of prestige and status.
The Bible clearly warns against worshiping the work of our hands or exalting what we have created or earned to the place of supreme honor in our lives. God is to have that place. Psalms 115:1-8 “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.” they are nothing. Jeremiah 25:6, 7 – “And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt. Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.”
If we keep our Lord God Jehovah first in all things, all else will fall into place. One of my favorite verses is Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” That really does say it all.