In a room filled with different personalities, some will jive, some will clash. We can’t always please everyone. There will be people who won’t be easy to deal with no matter how hard we try. Over time, petty disagreements will progress into passive-aggressive behaviors. The miscommunication will turn into forceful confrontations. Worst, the arguments will involve personal attacks, gossips, and manipulation. When things like these happen in your workplace, how do you respond to situations you can’t control?
I have personally encountered such challenge in my workplace. And it wasn’t exactly easy to obey God when you are disheartened. While I was provoked, I discovered a love-hate outlook towards committing to this changed life.
Like myself, if you are going through the course of testing, there will be a time of doubt when your calling becomes something you regret responding to. But God is faithful in putting you to these tests, that He might know your heart for Him. (Deuteronomy 8:2)
God has called you by your first name
In 1 Samuel 3, God was calling Samuel by his name and Samuel didn’t know that it was God. He thought that it was Eli summoning him three times so he went to Eli and asked him. However, Eli, perceiving that it was God’s voice calling Samuel, advised him to “Go, lie down, and if He calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.‘”
Samuel finally understood that it was God summoning him. God didn’t stop calling Samuel; He repeatedly called him, four times, “calling as at other times“, by his first name. God had the same perseverance until Samuel recognized His voice. Not even human ignorance will stop the purpose of God from happening. His plan will stand for those whom He called.
In your obedience, you will understand your role better and you will grow deeper in your relationship with God.
Like Samuel, when you pursue God’s words and meditate on it day and night, you will develop a mind that is aligned with God’s. In the most unexpected ways, God will reveal himself to you and give you the work that He wants you to get done for His purpose. In your obedience, you will understand your role better and you will grow deeper in your relationship with God.
In verse 19, it says, ‘And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him,‘ With this, we can confidently say that the fulfillment of God’s calling for you will not cause you to stumble, but will nurture you. Our submission to the righteousness of God will provide us the hunger to seek His face. God blesses those who hear His voice and follow it. You will increase your strength and wisdom because it is God who sustains you as you accomplish His call.
If today you are facing challenges in the workplace, look to God and rejoice, because He is growing you at this time. He gave you this calling because He has confidence in you, too.
God provides peace where He calls you
Salt and light, that’s what you are called to be. You are called to glorify His name wherever you go. God never promised the absence of hardship in your journey to completing the calling. But one thing that God assured us though, is the peace as you go through these trials. His words were the following:
“For everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” Romans 10:13
“He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24
“And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:29
“‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’, He said.” Hebrews 13:5
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
“Even though I walk through the valley of shadows of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Psalm 23:4
“And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:30
The Lord sees your offer of labor for Him. He who placed you there will get you through the difficulties. He is the Great Authority you are serving, not the people, not your earthly boss. You’ve got the biggest backer of all so do not be disheartened. Soak in the peace that His presence gives you. Continue to praise Him through the work of your hands (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).
God called you to love the unloveable
In Romans 9, Paul emphasized that God’s choice is sovereign overall. The plans of God do not rely on human efforts but on His mercy. As Paul stated, ‘So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills,’ and in 1 Corinthians, ‘For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men,’. Then, our worldly standards will never match up to God’s standards. And God’s standards can never be simply put into one box for us to find. There is no right or wrong in the decisions that He makes, for everything that comes from the Lord is good.
Having said these things, I believe God connects you with difficult people, not only that you may reveal God’s goodness to them, but also for them to exhibit God’s glory to you. Just as you are a blessing to these people, they are also a blessing from God to you. Never mistake them for a burden.
In Luke 6 it says, ‘If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount,‘. God encourages us to love our neighbors fully, to love intentionally and unconditionally. Little one, may you love without holding anything back, and without expecting that they would treat you the same way you treat them. If you truly believe that Jesus died on the cross for you, and accepted you even when you were stained with guilt and shame, you would cheerfully do the same to your brothers. It’s not about loving others the same way you want to be loved, but loving your brothers and sisters as God loved you.
God connects you with difficult people, not only that you may reveal God’s goodness to them, but also for them to exhibit God’s glory to you.
In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul asked, ‘To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?‘ I implore you to love those who hurt you. Choose to extend compassion over anger. Choose to be offended rather than be the one to cause offense. It’s not that God does not regard your pain, but God wants your full surrender – to put yourself least. It is not about the what we feel anymore, but about Him who we represent to these people. Even in the midst of adversaries, can you truly say that God is honored in your heart, thoughts, speech and in your actions?
When your faith is translated into action, God’s work in you is demonstrated to everyone who knows and sees you. And to love your neighbor, in honor of God, is the ultimate completion of God’s love in you. In Romans 12, Paul reminds us that, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all,”
So little one, I leave you with these words from Romans 12, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Let love be genuine, without any expectations and terms. Wherever you go, walk in love because God is love.