06 Feb What to do When Your Work Isn’t Working
Have you ever had those days where nothing seems to go your way? You are met with obstacles, setbacks, adversity, negative emotions, and it seems that nothing is working out. You have bills to pay, payroll to meet, tools to pay for, deadlines to meet, and those things never stop. Sometimes it even seems like the more I work the worst things get. But perhaps in the midst of your work not working is exactly where God is trying to meet you? The world will say work harder, go faster, put in more hours, spend more, grow more, hustle and go go go! But is this actually what the Bible says about work?
The Bible is very clear about work and whether you view work as a blessing or a curse it is still a Biblical mandate. We see God give Adam work in the garden of eden even BEFORE the fall and the first sin.
The idea of working super hard in your business so you can then do nothing one day is not a Biblical world view. The purpose of your work is multifaceted and it is primarily a way to glorify God, provide for your family, and engage in the spread of the Gospel in the marketplace you are currently in.
Video: 4 Steps to Take When Your Work Isn’t Working
Step 1: Stop Working!
I know our world says go go go and hustle hustle hustle. So while our culture says Go, you should say no. This is the exact and perfect moment to press pause. This is to make things slow down. Turn off the technology and go get still and quiet for a moment. This doesn’t mean stop working forever and go collect unemployment! The Bible warns us about idleness is also clear on “not working” as has this to say:
“For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
– 2 Thessalonians 3:10
Step 2: Connect with God
Get in His presence. Take some time to stop, talk to God, pray, worship or whatever you need to do to reorient yourself. God designed you to depend on Him, to need Him, to co-labor with Him. This doesn’t mean that because you connected with God that the outcomes will all be great and go perfect now. But it does mean that you will regain your peace, your direction, your focus, and feel refreshed when you start again.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
– Mathew 11:29
Step 3: Invite God back into Work
The best place to keep God is the forefront of your work. To have Him as your CEO and you work as His manager. Start making your decisions through prayer, through Holy Spirit leading, through wisdom. God knows your books better than you do. Maybe it’s time to give God back the position of CEO? You do this through prayer, humble attitude, and the motives of your heart. I usually want to be in control and in charge so I find myself doing this process regularly.
Step 4: “God Order My Steps”
The Bible says that the steps of a righteous man are ordered. As believers we are made righteous only through what Jesus did on the cross. So since God has ordered my steps I’m going to ask Him where I should go, what I should do, what I should be focusing on, what are my steps. So step 4 is to pray and ask God to order your steps.
“The steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord, And He delights in his way [and blesses his path].”
– Psalm 37:23 AMP
Here is a prayer for step 4 you can use. (Remember prayer is just talking to God, keep it simple).
“God, today I choose to make you CEO and be your Manager. Take away the things I shouldn’t be focused on and what I’m distracted by. I trust you to meet all of my financial needs and I give you full control over my finances. God give me the steps you are leading me to and the boldness to move forward. Show me what I should do and what was the last thing you spoke to me. I love you Lord, thank you for loving me. In Jesus name I pray.”
When work isn’t working it doesn’t mean work harder. That’s like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. The Lord doesn’t separate your work, family, business, life, and etc. He is interested in loving you in all areas. Work is where we spend the majority of our lives and it is one of the greatest places to encounter and spread the Love of Christ. When your work isn’t working start working with God. If you need help discovering what God has next for you in business Click Here to request a Free Discovery Call.
Do you have questions or a different view? Please leave a comment below.
Rev. Ron Gelok III
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