Devotional– Gaining Wisdom to Cope Daily
Let No Man Despise your Youth
When I was appointed in the organization I work for, I felt I had something to prove, because I was the youngest person in that position, sitting among other employees way over my age group.
I felt that they looked down on me and that they didn’t approve my presence. When the desk and section I was placed in was handed over to me, I received a few hours of training on one day before the person who was acting on the desk left. Although I knew some of the basics of the work, it was a daunting experience to sit all alone in a desk that was piled high with work that people in passing didn’t notice me sitting behind the desk.
It was a struggle to handle the desk and section – as this section was responsible for the largest amount of the work flow in the department. When I did my first report I looked back at the previous month and realized that the person had done way more work than I had done, and the pending matters were also less. I was so disappointed in myself that my Manager had to point out some positive thing I had done.
Unable to Cope
I went back to my desk feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. I don’t know why I felt like leaning over my desk right where I was seated to pray. I know now that it was the Holy Spirit was prompting me to prayer. I prayed for the knowledge and wisdom to deal with the section and how to get the work done. I prayed for God to show me what others didn’t see in the claims that were coming to my section and how to solve the issues surrounding the pending and unresolved claims.
Not too long after that, I was able to check the claims faster, take mental note of several things at once, find innovative ways to resolve the pending matters and to make my section better by training and putting systems in place.
Soon after that I was moved to all the other sections to effect the same kind of change; though it was difficult at times the Holy Spirit was always with me. It was amazing to learn from Him, He is the best teacher you know! God never let me fail, because He sent me there and as His child He expected me to succeed; not only that, He also ensured that I did succeed by teaching me all that I needed to know.
James 1:5 teaches us that “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Being in God’s will and allowing Him to be your teacher and guide is the best thing you can do for yourself; no matter what task you have at hand. To really succeed in this life you need to be open and obedient to God’s leading and direction.
If you think you don’t have what it takes, then do what God’s word says – ask Him and He will give you liberally. Ask God today and allow Him to be your guide and your teacher as you take a step of faith to accomplish His will and purpose in your life, Amen.