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Who’s in Charge of Your Work?

(Work is not some necessary evil. We are wired, by our Creator, to be workers – but how shall we view the inter-relationship of God and work? Let’s explore…)

Proverbs 16:1, 9 – The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Like you, I have to-do lists, short-term and long-term plans, and (at least) some kind of mental map of where I’m going with my work life. As a solopreneur, it’s that much more important that I make business plans.

But we are not sovereign. We do make plans – as image-bearers of God, we have creative and strategic minds. I would conclude that, in fact, we must make plans – it is as natural to us as breathing.

Trail BlazeBut here’s the deal: God’s plan is the one that gets implemented.

Now, our plans may be pleasing to God, and in line with His will – but, in our profound limitations, we’ll have all kinds of thoughts and ideas, and attempt any number of actions, that aren’t the wisest or best.

And that is why we should rejoice that the God who fills the universe, and orders the flight plan of every galaxy, also controls every detail of our little lives.

Even the answer of our tongue, and the direction of our feet.

I look back on my work history, and it seems so random and odd – only in retrospect does it make some level of sense, seeing how God was shaping me for my current roles in life.

Your heart-plans are laid open to a sovereign and wise God who will order your steps, even in a pathway that you weren’t anticipating. This gives us freedom to plan vigorously, and walk forward fearlessly. Because my boss (and yours) is a sovereign, irresistible King.

Plan; but bow in humble submission. We are not really in charge. All our business is God’s business.

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I don’t start today as a failure (though I fail often).
I don’t start today as a slave of sin (though I sin often).
I don’t start today as powerless (though I am weak often).
I don’t start today as a dis-believer (though I feel unbelief often).

I start today in Christ.
I start today in the renewing power of the Spirit.
I start today cleansed, beloved, and under the Father’s smiling grace.
I start today with hope, not despair.

Every day is a fresh start.

I will stumble and fall today. But the Lord will pick me up.

And so, I will start.

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