The other day, I received a call asking me to a third interview with the same company (the interview is this morning). I’ve talked about my process in this opportunity that began with me in earnestly seeking God’s will, while asking that He give me peace (see Godliness With Contentment Is Great Gain). Three companies called in the same day a couple of weeks ago, interested in interviewing me. During this process, one decided they wanted to hire a legal secretary instead. This company I’ve interviewed with and another were still in the back of my head, with this company seeming to be the way God was leading me.
With the third interview set with the same company, I saw that I received an email from the other company that they were also choosing to go in another direction. I was reminded of a part of my prayer the other day: Lord, I ask that the peace of Christ rule in my heart, and that I have no doubt of the direction You want me to go. Lord I ask for Your perfect peace so that I know Your will for where You want me to work. I seek Your will, and ask that You give me peace in the forthcoming decision. Lord, I want to walk where You want me to walk, not in what the world tells me looks right.
A light bulb went off in my head! The Lord did as I asked; He removed all doubt of the direction He wants me to go. I thought of two passages. “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.” (Prov 3:3-4) This passage tells us we will find favor and understanding with God and man if we do two things: 1) Bind mercy and truth around our neck; and 2) Write mercy and truth on our hearts.
When we are told to bind mercy and truth around our necks, we are to wear them as ornaments, so that they are always present on our minds. When mercy and truth are written on our hearts, we have invited Jesus to dwell in our hearts since He is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). If we desire the favor of God, we must first embrace His Words and His ways, and submit ourselves to His will. If we would like the favor of men, we must not only embrace the truth, but we must also be merciful to people.
The second passage that came to mind follows the first. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Prov 3:5-6) The word used for trust in this passage means “to rely upon, to have confidence in someone, to lean upon another.” It’s the picture that no matter what it looks like to us, we are to rely completely on God “with all our hearts” knowing God will not let us fall because we completely acknowledge Him as the only Lord. When we do that, THEN He will direct our path; trust and faith must come first.
In humbling myself before the Lord, telling Him I had tried it by my own means to get a job, but admitting I needed Him to get me the job HE wants me for me, He chose to light a pathway. Truth be told, I didn’t do that with the job in February. I rushed to say “yes” before asking the Lord if He said “yes”. Trusting Him with all my heart is laying my burden at His feet, having Him carry it with me, while taking on His yoke. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matt 11:28-29)
I haven’t been offered a job yet, but I know without a doubt that if this is the job the Lord wants me to have, I will find favor with the men at this company. My part is to keep trusting in Him completely, and bind His truth and mercy in both my heart and my mind. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov 23:7a) These promises of God are conditional, and I must do my part first. I must bind mercy and truth around my neck and write them on the tablet of my heart. I must forsake my own wisdom for His, to trust Him with my whole heart, humble myself before Him, acknowledge that He alone is the Almighty God, and thank Him for what He plans to do in my life. Thank You for the peace, Lord!