Dealing with fear (4)
Career. If we don’t have a job, we worry about finding one. If we do have a job, we worry about keeping it. Before we even get on the career path, we worry about grades and exam results that could make or break our plans for the future. We tend to root a lot of our security in our jobs, which can leave us vulnerable when things go wrong with them. We need a more solid foundation, and we have one in God. Psalm 16:8 says: ‘I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me’ (NLT). When we root our security in Him, it’s much easier for us to keep our fears and worries in perspective, and to know that even if the worst happens, He‘ll bring us through it. Being a Christian doesn’t mean an easy life, and although a lot of our fears won’t ever happen, there will be times when, like Job, we cry out ‘What I dreaded has happened to me’ (Job 3:25 NKJV). But God can bring something good out of the bad times: ‘In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’ (Romans 8:28 NIV). We might have to lose a job in order to discover our true calling. We might have to walk through a season of unemployment in order to learn to trust God and lean on Him more. Our plans for the future might have to be broken down in order to let God’s plan guide our lives. As long as we make Him the foundation of our lives, we won’t be overwhelmed by our fears.
Have an honest assessment about your feelings towards work – are you basing your future security on your job? Ask God to help you make Him the foundation of your life instead.
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