You’re Not in Control
There are lots of things in this life that are out of your control. Since I recently moved to Seattle, I’ve been learning that on a whole nother level. When I feel really comfortable is when I pretty much know what’s gonna happen next and I can do something to change something I don’t like.
What makes me really nervous is when I know there’s something I can’t do anything about no matter how hard I try. That’s where faith comes in. As believers, we know that God is in charge so we don’t have to worry about trying to control everything, but it does feel nice to be in control doesn’t it? Whether it feels nice or not doesn’t matter.
We are not in control of how everything will happen to us in life. We are not in control of what will even happen in our lives. The only thing we can really control is our response to what happens to us. But, God does have a destiny for each and every one of us. And, even though we can’t control our destiny, our faith in Jesus will fulfill our destiny no matter how hard it gets.
A Corrupt Co-Worker
Many years ago I used to work with a coworker who stole commission sales from myself and my other associates. I used to work in the automotive industry as a Customer Service Advisor, and the corrupt co-worker used to go into the computer system and manipulate the system so that way he would get paid for reservations other associates worked hard to create.
I thought of just about everything you can think of fix this situation. I thought about getting a lawyer and suing him, I thought about quitting, and I even thought about calling the police! But, what he was doing was so sneaky that no one, not even me, was able to prove that his intent was malicious. He always had an excuse that made sense to people who didn’t know what was going on. He was a master at manipulation.
God is in Charge
After this had been happening for about a year or so, I became so weary that I didn’t know what to do anymore. However, one day my mother told me that we needed to have faith and believe that God was going to take care of this situation. Then, I also heard the Lord telling me to start praying for blessings over this corrupt co-worker. I wanted to pray the opposite of blessings for that guy lol but since I know the power of prayer, I did it.
Believe it or not, after I started praying for blessings for my coworker, he started acting unusually nice at work. In fact, he started acting so nice that he started helping me out to make money on my own sales! He was acting so nice that I was wondering if he had some kinda top-secret plan to manipulate me when I least expected it. But that never happened!
I remember getting to a point where I began to cry in my alone time with God. I knew that God had changed my coworker’s heart. There’s no way he could have changed on his own. Even all of my coworkers were shocked at how nice he started acting.
God Solves My Problem
Even though the corruption stopped which was nice, it didn’t stop forever. Eventually, he went back to his old self and started stealing our commission sales again. But then God did something that I didn’t expect.
One day the corrupt co-worker was called into the manager’s office for a chat. After the chat, we saw him take all his belongs and he went home without saying a word. We found out that he got fired. I would never pray for anyone to get fired. That’s not the kind of prayer that God will answer since He tells us to pray for our enemies.
Pray For Your Enemies
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you (Matthew 5:44).
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