A few days ago, I had a conversation with a close friend of mine. She was very candidly expressing her disappointment after not landing a promotion. Highly qualified for the position, she was confident that she would be awarded the job after an outstanding interview a couple of weeks ago. This friend is a very smart, intelligent woman with a strong record of exceptional work performance. She has earned two graduate degrees, the respect of her colleagues, and has a great work ethic. She was, in her mind and the minds of many others in the company, the only logical choice. But, to her dismay, it was not to be. “How could they not select me for that job?”, she asked.
It was both a good and fair question and I, seldom at a loss for words, desperately wanted to give an equally good and fair answer. After a few quick seconds of introspection and a brief prayer for the right words, I reminded my dear friend that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NKJV).
We are children of the Most High God and are, therefore, in His hands. As such, we know that all things will ultimately work out according to God’s purpose and His perfect plan. The Lord is never caught off guard and He already knew that another candidate would be selected. What He also knows is that He has a greater plan for my friend. She may not understand it right now, and that’s okay. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways”, says the Lord (Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV). In trusting God, we learn to yield to His will, fully persuaded that He knows what’s best for us. When you are called to walk with Christ, you make the decision to surrender all to Him. We move from a position of our will to God’s will. And that, sometimes, includes not getting the new job.
What I am learning is that God will sometimes hold back or delay a blessing in favor of an even greater one down the road. I’m so thankful that He didn’t grant me everything I once so desperately thought I wanted. It turns out, what He had in store for me was so much better. But at the time, the hurt was real. The sting of the disappointment was real. What, then, should we do when we are faced with what looks like an agonizing defeat?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)
God has a proven record with me. I have seen with my own eyes His work as He crafted miracles out of impossibilities. I have watched Him weave wondrous outcomes out of hopeless situations. I have vivid memories of my tenure in the valley, can recall with ease my time spent on the battlefield, and through it all, He has been unwavering and steady. It is my testimony that God. Is. Faithful. Knowing that, it becomes easier and easier to trust Him. My prayers have shifted from, “Lord, please do this or that…” to “Lord, have your way.” When we do that, we position ourselves to receive God’s best for us according to His will. His timing is perfect and when He gets ready to elevate you and move in an area of your life, there will be nothing that anyone can do about it! So, when disappointment comes and threatens to rob you of your peace, remember that you are in the Master’s hands and ALL things are going to work out for your good. Keep trusting, keep believing, and “wait on the Lord and be of good courage…” (Psalm 27:14 NKJV).