September 11, 2020 • Life for Leaders
Scripture – Psalm 31:14-16 (NRSV)
But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in your hand;
deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.
There are times when the troubles and discouragements of work seem to go on and on. You wonder why God isn’t being more helpful, either making things better at work or leading you to another job. You can feel desperate, as if you’re wasting your life in a dead end job. But, the truth is that your times are in God’s hand. God is holding your life even as he is holding you. In God’s care you can be confident, even as you cry out for God to deliver you.
Gracious God, things at work are so upsetting. I’m tired of being unappreciated and mistreated. I’m tired of those who seek to advance at my expense. Sometimes I wonder where you are, Lord. Do you see what’s going on? Are you still there for me? Will you help me out in my job? Or will you help me find another one?
Yes, sometimes I worry. Sometimes I doubt you. But, by your grace, I remember your goodness to me. I remember you love. And I trust you, once again. I say, “You are my God. My times are in your hand.” Yes, my times are in your hand. My life belongs to you, Lord. I exist for your purposes, your glory. I am yours.
Trusting you, I ask for you to deliver me. Let your face shine upon me, dear Lord. Look upon me with love and joy. In your time, you will save me because your love for me never ends. 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.