September 18, 2020 • Life for Leaders
Scripture – Psalm 32:7 (NRSV)
“You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.”
God is your hiding place, a place of safety and security. God will be there for you when your work is more than you can handle, when the people you work with are at their crankiest. Jesus invites you to come to him, to find rest for your soul with him.
Sometimes, Lord, my work feels like too much. The more I get done, the more is piled upon me. I can spend all morning trying to empty my inbox, but my lunch it’s fuller than when I began. I feel overwhelmed and discouraged.
At other times, Lord, my workload isn’t the problem. It’s the people. My colleagues. My subordinates. My boss. Or even my boss’s boss. They can be so cranky and demanding. So inattentive to me and how I’m doing. I feel like I’m just a cog in the wheel as the wheel keeps rolling along, grinding me up.
In these and so many other times, dear Lord, thank you for being my hiding place. You are my refuge, my strong fortress. In you I find rest. From you I receive comfort. You are there for me, God, even when others abandon me. You will never forsake me. Thank you. Amen.
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Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.