Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10 NIV)
I was under the impression my job operated on the principle of seniority and that employees with more seniority got first choice for shift preference. So when there was an opening on first shift, I thought I was next in line to work that particular shift. My manager even confirmed to me that I would be working on first shift the following week. I came in to work Monday morning at 6:00 am to find there was a change in the schedule. I had to remain on second shift and the new employee will work on first shift. I was angry and upset. I felt I deserved to be on first shift and not the new employee. I ran off at the mouth a little, expressing to co-workers I felt I was being treated unfairly, and I made up my mind to look for a new job and quit without giving the company notice. I wanted revenge; but for the most part, I remained calm. One coworker made the comment, “thanks for handling the situation like a Christian.” Then and there I felt a conviction. While I was upset about the new employee getting to work on first shift, I felt bad for being upset about the situation. After all, who am I to say what I deserve? When I find myself being discontented in any situation, am I not questioning God’s work?
‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Matthew 20:12-16 NIV)
By the grace of God, I calmed down and realized the situation had already been handled by God. I let go and let Him put me where he wanted me to be. After all, my boss and my boss’s boss are subject to Him.
I confess that sometimes I get anxious, frustrated, and proud, and I am ready to quit when things don’t go my way. Father God, I thank You for the Holy Spirit convicting me on my actions and calming me down. Thank You for being omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient, having everything under control and everyone under your command. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to be more humble, and not led by emotions, but by the Holy Spirit, because God knows what is best for you.
Describe a humbling experience you’ve had recently and how the Lord brought conviction and a chance to trust Him.
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Saneatra Polk resides on the south side of Chicago and works as a quality technician for a food manufacturer. She attends The Moody Church and her favorite Bible verse is: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 NIV)