Assignment, Career, Encouragement, Faith, Favor, Inspirational, Trusting God

Listening To Your Voice

At the age of 24 (turning 25 in a few weeks) God has placed me in a position of leadership. I am a Program Coordinator at a non-profit and I am a supervisor for two employees that are both older than me. Actually everyone in my office is about 5-10 years older than me, and at times some can treat me like I am their subordinate. I know this is because of my age. At times I feel out of place myself, but then I remember that I prayed for this position and that I have worked in non-profit in various capacities for the past six years. Those I work with probably have no idea of the sacrifices I’ve made in order to be in a field that I love and feel called by God to pursue. The enemy would love to have me doubt my ability. Truth is everything I have comes from God; I am not “special” but I am being obedient to the call of God on my life. Recently, I started reading a devotion on faithfulness. One of the “memory” scriptures came from II Chronicles, a book of the Bible I do not read often and that’s when I stumbled on (or as I would like to think was divinely guided to) King Hezekiah and Sennacherib. My current predicament is similar to that of Hezekiah. At the age of 25 Hezekiah became king and had to go against King Sennacherib a mighty warrior king:

Sennacherib’s officers spoke further against the LORD God and against his servant Hezekiah. The king also wrote letters ridiculing the LORD, the God of Israel, and saying this against him: “Just as the gods of the peoples of the other lands did not rescue their people from my hand, so the god of Hezekiah will not rescue his people from my hand.” Then they called out in Hebrew to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to terrify them and make them afraid in order to capture the city. They spoke about the God of Jerusalem as they did about the gods of the other peoples of the world—the work of human hands.

King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. And the LORD sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword.

So the LORD saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them on every side. (II Chronicles 32: 16-23 NIV)

I was so deep into this story that I actually researched Sennacherib, and according to Wikipedia, Sennacherib means Sin has separated my brothers from me. Can you see how God orchestrated this? God used a man, whose name literally means sin to come against the people of God so they could see and believe that their God, the God of Israel is one to keep those promises.

I would like to leave you with a word from an EmpowerMoment commenter: Faith is acting like God is telling the truth.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You so much for keeping Your Word. You never said trials, tribulations and tests would not come my way, but You promised to see me through. Lord, I know You are only asking of me to have the faith that You can and will do what may seem impossible to me. Remind me that anything is possible if I keep my hand in Your hand. You can deliver me no matter how close defeat might look. You spoke this entire world into existence, so speaking life into my situation is nothing for You. I thank You in advance for hearing and acknowledging this prayer. Keep me encouraged Father, and help me not to ignore those times when You are asking me to spend more time with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Lovely Ladies of God, no matter what your age or position I EMPOWER you to stand firm in God’s Word, in His promises to you, no matter what the enemy may tell you. You know that God is a God that cannot and will not lie; it is not even in His character. If HE spoke it to you, HE will be the one to bring it forth.

Ms. Renee` N. Chaffin is a single mother who has a heart for helping those less fortunate. She has been active in the non-profit sector, whether through volunteerism or professionally, for the past six years.  She is passionate about sharing the love of God, her testimony and empowering people to discover their true potential that was bestowed on them by King of the Universe. Renee` is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. While on her pursuit of higher education, she is on a seven year journey to challenge God to do ‘exceedingly and abundantly above all she can imagine’ in seven areas over the next seven years. Check out her journey at http://radical7even.wordpress.com. Her favorite scripture is I Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”

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5 thoughts on “Listening To Your Voice”

  1. Lord USE me is often a prayer that I have BUT sometimes I get discouraged when I see that he calls me to the carpet on my request. God can use people of all ages for his purpose. God blessed you with that position because he knew that you were more than capable of the task at hand. If you remember that God is your source and provides you with the wisdom and direction to handle the responsibility your age will be irrelevant…because your results will speak for them self.

    1. Hey lovely lady! thanks so much for the loving and encouraging words. When you are right in the midst it is sometimes hard to see how and why God has placed us in certain positions esp if Man sometimes doubts our abilities. But God equips the called and I have def seen that happen in my case 🙂

  2. Renee,I can totally relate with this age issue. I’m 24,only been married for 2 years,only been saved for 7,and my long list can continue. I have a heart for God and a Love for prayer and you would think that others would look at my substance other than my surface,right? No,they don’t. God has placed me in places where older women in faith look down on me(I don’t work outside of the home). They say things like,”Oh girl you still on your honeymoon”, when I say something in regards to a Godly marriage, or don’t trust me to handle bigger responsibilities within the ministry because I’ve only been save for a couple years. This use to bother me,but I have forgiven those LIES the enemy wanted to use to try and blind me from God’s truth. I am on a pursuit for God’s GLORY! The same way Jesus attracted me too the Father I want to attract others to the Father when the enemy throw an obstacle in my way I want that to attract people to see God’s glory not ME at all! I have divorced myself from my age because if I didn’t girl,I would had deceived myself into thinking I got enough time to get it “right”(Yeah,right),but NO! The Father said,that it’s better for us to bear our callings or develop them in our youth(paraphrasing) so coming from another 24 year young:) I understand what your Spirit is crying and it will get better and YES,”Faith is acting like, God is telling the truth(I got that from a message by Tony Evans)!!! Stay encouraged and I’m so thankful that we younger women have women like Kristen,Katrina,Khalilah,Tasha,Beverly,and Chante(I apologize if I forgot any one’s name) who had a heart to share their hearts so that we may grow into wiser women of God(I don’t like the old word)!! Continue EM because it’s a younger generation out here thirsty for the things of God and in need of EMPOWERMENT!! PS. Sorry this may be too long,but I L-O-V-E-D the entry:)

    1. Hey Lisa!
      So glad you could relate. I had issues really trying to explain what I was feeling and thinking with this entry. I have been waking up at 2 and 3 am for the past month. God has just been trying to get me to press deeper into Him, at first I didn’t understand and became annoyed simply because I would have to wake up in a few hours and get ready for work…but then I thought better of it and really began to see what God was calling me for..what He was awakening me for. This is my position on age, Jesus as a child was teaching grown men in the synagogue. They too were amazed at His wisdom…wisdom doesn’t come from age it comes from God. If He can trust you with a responsibility He will show out..and show people that it’s not about us..we point people to Him. Yes, it’s true that I shouldn’t be able to do this or that But through GOD i am able. Lazarus was supposed to stay dead (or so those in the natural thought) but God chose to raise Him up through Jesus. Whatever we think is dead, done and never going to happen for us GOD can step in and say NO…that is not so. Seen it done too many times. Thanks for the lovely feedback Ms. Lady have a wonderful wonderful week

  3. Renee, I appreciate this so much. Even though I am a FEW years older than you and Hezekiah, I am delighted that God sees fit to use me. I am so inspired at how he is using the young folks! Look at EmpowerMoments….the average age of the team is like 28. For so long, people tried to say that youth meant you didnt know much but I LOVE how God is using the foolish things to confound the wise!

    BTW, Rock that job girlie! 🙂

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