When I was setting about finding this next job, I didn’t intend for the search to become a great test of my faith. I thought I’d find something with ease early and be relaxed my last few months on the job. Boy was I wrong! It’s like God knew the only way my faith would grow would be if I was depending solely on Him. A verse I really leaned on/adopted as my mantra: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17: 7-8)
I would constantly tell myself this verse when I was rejected for a job or not contacted for a follow-up interview. But at the same time, I knew I couldn’t just take the first thing I was offered. I was testing my faith in this way too. I was trusting God to have a good job for me.
My criteria weren’t too extensive and really boiled down to three things: I didn’t want to work overnights again, I wanted to make more money, and I wanted to be in a larger city (closer to home was a bonus)! And you know what, I got all three! And because God is amazing, I’m also working in a city where my sister-in-law’s family lives, and also getting to work with a few former co-workers. I’m so glad I didn’t settle for earlier jobs I was offered. I was stepping out on faith and trusting God had the right next job for me.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
Commentary in my Bible (Life Application Study Bible) for this verse says, “When we believe that God will fulfill his promises even though we don’t see those promises materializing yet, we demonstrate true faith.” More commentary also says, “Faith is the confidence based on past experience that God’s new and fresh surprises will surely be ours.”
Through this whole process, I was able to lean on past experiences, namely my 2008 wreck as proof of God’s promises.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
I encourage you to step out on faith, you won’t regret it!
Hi! I'm Marilyn!