Have you ever found yourself putting all your faith in the hands of a person? The hiring manager at a new job you applied for, the brand manager at a company you would love to work with, or the mentor that you know could get you to the next level if they just make a phone call? Well, I can definitely say that I have. But just as quickly as I am putting high stakes on what others can do for me, I remember that God is at the head of it all!
I know you may be thinking, “But doesn’t God work through people?” He surely does! But he certainly doesn’t want that to be where our faith lies. Unfortunately, when we put all our trust in people, we leave ourselves open to the opportunity to be disappointed more often than not. Hey, they’re human, what can you expect? The best way to go is to the source first.
I know for myself, I am often putting my hope in people when it comes to my financial stability. Whether it’s my paycheck from my 9 to 5 or chasing down a freelance check. But when I am feeling frantic in my spirit about those things, I have to remember that God is my provider. Not my job or freelance work or clients. When I refresh my mind, I am always more at peace and the ends always meet, because God can make a way out of no way. Believe me!
It helps when we put our trust in God as well because then we don’t take things so personal. People are some-timey, out for self, forgetful, and sometimes just hurtful. But we can’t internalize those things. We can’t control what other people decide to do. But we can get intentional about our communication with God. We can let Him know our dreams and desires, needs and wants. And funny enough, he really knows them before they even come out of your mouth, but the word says to ask. And so when we come to God about everything, involve Him in all parts of our lives including our careers, there is no need to search for what “people” are going to be able to do for you.
We often want to open doors that God may have closed. Or think that people are being used by God that aren’t. So we have to be diligent in hearing from the Holy Spirit about where he needs us to be and who he needs us to encounter to get where we are going. People are not going to change your situation. Only God can do that. It could be through them, but again, He is our source.
And the dope thing about God is, He will send the right people your way! Have you ever been networking and building with someone only to realize they are completely spinning you and have no intention of actually helping or adding value to your cause? Well, that’s probably because you decided that person was important and not because God led you to them.
Seek first the kingdom and all things will be added to you, according to His purpose! We like to leave that part off at times. But if you’re like me, you know that God’s purpose is far greater than anything we could think up for ourselves. And sometimes that path is hard to walk. We lose focus. We push God out of the driver seat and want this person to be the one or that job opportunity to be the one. But He always knows best.
We can trust in Him, in His timing, in His word, in His love for us. Wouldn’t you rather bet on the sure thing?
Do you find yourself relying on people for the things that God has promised you? How can you begin shifting that mindset? What will you do differently?
Scriptures to Reference
Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (Matthew 7:7)
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)