Sunday, January 15, 2012

Trust and Obey, There is no Other Way

Do you trust God? It is really easy to say yes when our life is going all easy breezy. That's why I think God places trials in our lives to help us trust Him. Or sometimes, to help us realize that we aren't trusting God at all.

The past several months have been an exercise in trust for us. Anthony has been job hunting. He has interviewed with Samsung for three different positions there. After the first interview, we waited and waited only to find out that they hired internally. Okay, okay, maybe the position required more experience than Anthony had. We were disappointed, but it was good interviewing experience. A week or so latter, Anthony was called in for another interview. Apparently, the first guy who interviewed Anthony really liked him and passed along his resume to another hiring manager. Wow, totally unexpected! He interviewed, but they hired internally. Frustrating, yes, but soon afterwards Samsung called with another position. Anthony interviewed twice for this position, and we felt for sure that he was overqualified and would be a good candidate. Unfortunately, HR called Anthony a few weeks ago and let him know that they had hired internally again.

To be honest, at this point we were mad. We felt like the last four months were a big waste of time. We spent the next couple weeks wrestling with these emotions and eventually coming to the conclusion that God is still in control, there must have been some reason Anthony did not get this job, the right job will come along for Anthony is God's timing.

Last week, Samsung called and offered Anthony the job he last interviewed for. Apparently, there were some issues behind the scene, and the internal candidate didn't work out.

But God knew that was going to happen.

He also knew that if Anthony had gotten the job right away, we might have chalked it up to his degree, or skill, or experience, or something we had done to help him get the job.

This was all a practice in trusting God. Did we fail the first couple times? Yes, but our gracious God gave us several opportunities to trust Him with Anthony's job search.

If you are going through a trial right now, just remember that God is providing you with the opportunity to trust Him. How are you doing with that?

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