A few weeks ago, I accepted a full-time position at a church in Mississippi. However, I applied for this job in April of this year. With traveling and interviews, my mind was racing between the future and the present. I was going to work and fulfilling my duties. On the other hand, I could not stop thinking about the “what ifs?”
What if I do not get the job?
What if I fail?
What if I’m not good enough?
What if God wants me to stay where I am?
And plenty of other what ifs.
A great quote from my former senior pastor, Rodney Cripps, says, “Get rid of that Stinkin’ Thinkin’.” I believe that is true. I had to realize that God does not want us to worry. God is not about making us feel inadequate. Our God is excellent and wants us to trust Him.
The Moment it Hit Me
In May, a lot of work and outside circumstances were distracting me from being focused. I made a big mistake at work dealing with paint that made a couple of parents upset. I had a meeting with my boss and apologized for such a mistake. Also, the stress of keeping the news of a potential new job between my wife and me started to rise.
As time grew closer from this church with a decision to hire me, the more the enemy tried to attack my mind. During that time, I called my mentor and friend, Dr. Stephen Cutchins. We had a great talk and he listened and suggested what God wants me to do. Afterwards, he sent me this bible verse:
1. Trust in God
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
2. Spend Time with God
Wow. Read that verse again. Now spend a moment actually being still. That verse smacked me upside the head. From that moment, I gave all my worries to God. My “what ifs” shifted to putting God first.
3. Give God Control
God has already blessed me with a job. He can bless me even more.
God will never let me fail.
“If God is with us, who can be against us?” -Romans 8:31
God loves me for me and that is good enough!
God will place me where I need to be.
I hope this post helps you wherever you are. Maybe it’s not a job that you are about to leave. However, whenever you are about to finish something, be still and know He is God. Trusting in God, spending time with God, and giving God control will help you finish well.