Letting God Use Your Job to Refine You

by | Nov 14, 2017

Do you have days at work when you wonder why you’re there? Perhaps you’re going through a season that is especially hard and confusing. Or you might feel like there must be another job out there that would be much more fulfilling. Maybe you’re not sure what that job could possibly look like.

My career has taken some interesting twists and turns over the years. I’ve been through seasons when I thought I called the shots (operative word “thought”), and seasons when I felt like I didn’t have a say. I’ve been through times when I felt “this is it!” and others when I couldn’t figure out how I even got there. For example:

  • I’ve gone through three layoffs.
  • I was once fired for something I didn’t do.
  • I did a stint selling commercial security systems during a transition — a complete departure from anything I had been doing or wanted to do.
  • I went from a senior level position to being assigned the office manager’s duties during a downsizing.

Can you relate to any of these? You may have your own version of these challenges, but we all have at least one thing in common when going through times like these – it is tempting to sink into the pit of frustration, disappointment and discouragement. When that happens, you are most likely inclined to give less than your best. And that’s exactly what the enemy wants.

Let me encourage you today. No matter where you are, God can use you right there and He will move you when the time is right. Stay close to God and do your current job with all the excellence you can. Don’t let the enemy steal your joy, hinder your growth or taint your Christian witness to others.

Here are some scriptures that have given me strength that I hope will encourage you during those difficult times.

  • “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10
  • “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” – Psalm 139:16
  • “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this.” – Psalm 37:4-5
  • “Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3
  • “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

I can honestly tell you that God has used every experience I’ve been through to refine, prepare and equip me to be where I am right now. I’m a work-in-progress, but I could never have imagined that my career would unfold the way it has and I am so incredibly grateful!

God will use your most challenging times to direct you to where He wants you to be, as long as you turn to Him. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” That’s you and me. So if you’re going through a rough patch, be joyful. God’s got an amazing plan for you unfolding right now. No matter what work you’re doing today, your work matters to God.

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Catherine Gates

Catherine Gates is Executive Director of Women in the Marketplace, a nonprofit marketplace ministry that equips working women to confidently pursue their faith and career for the glory of God. She is also the author of The Confidence Cornerstone: A Woman’s Guide to Fearless Leadership. Learn more at womeninmarketplace.net.