November 18, 2018

Who Is Really in Control?

I was talking to one of my best friends the other day, and she was sharing with me a horribly offensive situation that happened at work.

A coworker was talking (rather loudly) to a client on speaker phone, as he often does. During the conversation, the client made a negative comment about a minority group (that my BFF belongs to), and the coworker didn’t falter or disagree with the customer, but used “code” language during the conversation that supported the customer’s opinion.

Naturally, my friend was upset and offended. The comments were hurtful to an entire group of people. All kinds of painful thoughts and questions raced through her mind.

How would she interact with the coworker going forward? Did she make a bad decision to join the firm? The industry? Would she ever be successful in an environment like this? How would she ever win new clients if people felt that way about her ethnic group?

As a Believer, the voice of the Holy Spirit, thankfully interrupted her train of thoughts with a beautiful Public Service Announcement. “Go pray!”

Responding with obedience, she found a quiet place to pray and eventually found a level of peace to be able to move on with her day, but still, some doubt lingered.

This brings us to Romans 10. Quoting Isaiah 53, Romans 10:16, states “Lord, who has believed our report?” Looking at Romans 10:11, we find a wonderful promise: “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

In the face of opposition, difficult news or overwhelming circumstances, whose report are we going to believe?

When victory looks questionable, we have to trust in our Almighty God. Regardless of the mean-spirited things people say or do, Jesus is the ultimate customer winner, deal negotiator, health and life giver, relationship restorer, debt reducer, and income increaser (not sure that’s a real word). But, I think you get the point!

Jesus is our source and supply, and Philippians 4:19 promises that God will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.

A Quick Prayer:

Dear Lord, we confess that we sometimes doubt you and ask you for forgiveness for our unbelief. Please strengthen us today Lord to be still and know that you are God. We thank you for the promise that we will not be put to shame when we trust in You. While it may seem like we are in the eye of the storm, we thank you that you hold us in the palm of your hand. Please help us to hold fast to your report – what You say about us – not what others say about us. Thank you Lord for keeping us in perfect peace when our mind stays focused on you. In Jesus name, amen.

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