January 20, 2022 • Life for Leaders
Scripture Reading: Psalm 83:18 (NRSV)
Let them know that you alone,
whose name is the LORD,
are the Most High over all the earth.
Psalm 83 is a cry to God for justice and protection as gentile nations are threatening to wipe out Israel. The psalm writer acknowledges and counts on God’s sovereignty over all nations. Though our situations are different from that of the Israelites, it’s always good to remember that God is Lord over all of heaven and earth, including the places where we work and live.
Gracious God, sometimes when I get wrapped up in my work it can feel as if work is everything. I can be so focused on what my company wants or what my boss expects that I lose sight of the greater truth.
And what is that truth? You are Most High above all the earth. You are King of kings and Lord of lords. You created all things and, in the end, all things will be redeemed and reconciled in you.
Thus, you are Lord over my work. The company and its leaders may not recognize this. But everything exists under your sovereignty. So, even as I seek what’s good for the company, and even as I follow the leadership of my boss, I see beyond what’s obvious to the greater reality of your rule and glory.
As I work today, may I offer all that I am and all that I do to you. May you be glorified in and through me today. Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day
God is above all things, including the things associated with your work.
For Further Reflection
Read all of Psalm 82.
You may also wish to read Ephesians 1:1-23.
Find all Life for Leaders devotions here. Explore what the Bible has to say about work at the unique website of our partners, the High Calling archive, hosted by the Theology of Work Project. Reflection on today’s Life for Leaders theme can be found here: O God, Do Not Be Silent!
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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.