Trusting God to Bring Good Out of Your Trials at Work

It’s inevitable that all of us, at some point, will experience days at work when we get blind-sided – when something goes wrong and it seems like there is no way out. You can either go into denial, hoping that somehow it will all go away, or freak out about it and be consumed with worry about what to do and how it will all turn out. Unfortunately, neither of those are all that effective.

But there is another alternative – you can turn to God with faith that He can turn even the most devastating situation around for a positive outcome.

One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:28, “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.”

It has helped me get through the loss of a job – God used it to bring me to a new position that was better aligned to my passion and strengths. It’s helped me navigate failure – I have learned valuable lessons that have allowed me to support others in similar situations. It’s given me the courage to have difficult conversations with people – many that have led to even stronger working relationships.

Those positive outcomes were only possible because the difficulty occurred AND I gave it to God.

Joseph’s story provides a great example of what can happen when we have faith through our most difficult circumstances. In Genesis 37:27, his life took a tragic turn when his brothers sold him into slavery. Yet Joseph approached his circumstances with faith, even when the difficulties and unfairness continued. When Joseph finally gained victory over his circumstances and became second in command to Pharaoh, he could have taken revenge on his brothers. Instead, he provided for the needs of his brothers and their families.

In Genesis 50:20 (yes, it took that long) Joseph said to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” And save many lives, he did.

The next time you face a trial – or if you’re facing one right now – speak Romans 8:28 over your life and trust God. Your situation is no surprise to Him. As Proverbs 3:3-6 instructs, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 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.”

We all face circumstances that are overwhelmingly difficult at work at one time or another. But with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26) and He can turn it around for good.

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  • Dan Shelby

    Sometimes, when things don’t go the way I think they should, I have to stop and ask myself what I really believe. Do I really believe that God is omniscient and omnipresent? Do I really believe that He has already seen the future and knows what is best for me? When I get half way to work and realize that I left something behind that I need for that day, do I grumble and complain about having to go back home or do I realize that God may be protecting me from something harmful that just that little change in timing might remove from my life? That’s a small example, I know, but practicing my faith in small things strengthens me for the days when really big things show up and I am otherwise blinded by the uncertainty and my own near-sightedness. God knows what He is doing. Stay close to Him and trust in His plan.

    • Catherine Gates

      Amen, Dan! I absolutely agree that we have to practice our faith in the small things so we are prepared for the big things. God’s ways are so much higher than our ways that, more often than not, we can’t imagine what good could come from the difficulties we face. But I’ve been through a few experiences that I thought were devastating at the time, and God has used every one of them to do something more amazing than anything that could have happened if things had gone “my way.” Thank you so much for sharing.

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