Do you see your life like this – the Lord blessing you and guiding you so that when you are asked to do something, you are very successful at it? Enough that you find yourself given more responsibility or a promotion or more pay etc.?
I think this does happen. I can still remember my first real employment opportunity at an insurance company. I started as mail clerk, then three months later promoted to microfiche clerk, three months later promoted to property management assistant and then three months later to junior buyer. Still remember my first annual review. My supervisor did not give me a raise, my manager gave my 3% increase. HR saw the review and gave me 6% and the VP of Finance saw it and gave me 12%.
However, it also doesn’t happen. I know that God called into ministry very early in life and so left the insurance company to become the Christian Education Coordinator in a church. Looked after 40 volunteer groups, all the youth groups and weekday children’s programs as well as supporting Sunday School program and handled the counseling and hospital visitations for a church of 600. There was myself and the senior pastor. The senior pastor was never to be disturbed, so this all fell on me. I remember our first baptismal service – forgot to tell the maintenance person to fill the tank a few days before so that it would be warm. The Sunday morning, pastor happened to look into the tank and saw it empty! Well, that ended the service program for the evening. Needed to order material for small groups – forgot to plan ahead for shipping – had to have it couriered in and a cost that got me into a bit of trouble. Volunteer programs started complaining that I did not attend their groups or that I was favouring one above another – but working 80 hours a week kept me from visiting them all – the senior pastor thought I was supporting the groups I had established and avoiding the ones he had started – ouch. Almost lost my marriage in this one – the gentleman that followed me in this employment had an ulcer in nine months and had to resign. The couple coming in after him had a broken marriage in less than a year. Regardless – no success, so it seemed.
Then for the next 20 years, whatever task I put my hand to I was successful in and God blessed me with incredible wisdom and discernment both in my employment in ministry and my volunteering in ministry.
It seems that there are things we are called to do – when called God sustains, gives favour and blesses. When not, maybe it’s not the place for us to be. However, I will say it seems because I do not necessarily believe it to be true. God uses everything for a purpose even though we might not see it or even understand it. But I only believe so if we know that God has called us to do that very thing we are doing.
I find comfort in the life of David. In one setting, whatever task he does he is successful. In another setting, whatever he does isn’t working. He even had to leave his throne and Jerusalem at one point – yet he was called and anointed and knew it – that is what sustained him. So what looked like failures were opportunities to trust God to carry through – our expression is, “let go, let God.”
Be encouraged today – listen to God’s call, follow through, be blessed and successful in doing it and I pray that a testimony will be born through it for you to share God’s faithfulness to others.