Have you ever been in a place in your faith and career where you felt alone? You didn’t feel like you had the support of your boss, your peers, or your friends. And God, the father who promised to always be with you, feels like He is nowhere to be found. Have you ever felt truly alone at work?
What do you do when this idea of flourishing at work seems like a fantasy? When I’m in that place, I remember the story of David. David was called to be king (1 Samuel 16:1) and God blessed his path (1 Samuel 18:5, 14). The more Saul observed David’s success, the angrier he became (1 Samuel 18:28-29). David eventually fled for his life and felt truly alone. His boss hated him, his peers had nothing to do with him, and his best friend maintained a safe distance as well. David was alone. But David was called to be king, right? How could God leave him alone and on the brink of death like this? Why would God leave you alone when you know you are exactly where God has called you?
Much like David, we must trust that God is still with us and is working His plan according to His timing, not ours. Eventually, David became king (2 Samuel 5:3). Eventually, God’s calling in your life will become much clearer, but you must be patient and faithful.
Here are a few verses that help in times of loneliness.
- “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me! Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.” – Psalm 25:16-21
- “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
- “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7
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Discover Your Calling / David Roth, president, WorkMatters