'O Lord...give me success today.' Genesis 24:12 NIV
Ever spent time thinking about what God thinks about your work? Whether it's education / part time job / full time career, it may take up a reasonable amount of your headspace. In Colossians, Paul gives us a clear principle to live by: 'work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord' (Colossians 3:23 NIV). Today we'll be looking at what to do when 'work' is difficult and you don't really want to do it 'as if for the Lord'.
Ever heard of Eliezer? Back in Genesis, Abraham commissioned him with the job of finding Isaac (Abraham's son) a wife. Bit of a strange-sounding task that - finding a spouse for the boss' son. And not an easy one either; he had to start from scratch. This is where we learn a big lesson from Eliezer: just because it's part of our job to do something doesn't mean we aren't allowed to invite God right into the centre of it. The verse at the top is a quote: he prayed for success.
A quick aside - praying for God to be with you is never going to be a bad idea. We just need to make sure success doesn't become our god. If getting to the top (or staying there) is our reason for getting up every morning, we'll need to find way to dethrone that attitude.
So what now? God wants to help you meet your potential. Don't have a clue what that looks like? Under pressure? Read the whole of Eliezer's success story in Genesis 24.
SoulFood: Ecc 9-12, John 12:1-11, Ps 76, Pro 30:15-17