April 29, 2021 • Life for Leaders
Scripture Reading: Psalm 60:11-12 (NRSV)
O grant us help against the foe,
for human help is worthless.
With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes.
God will help us overcome our “foes” at work. Not human enemies, but the “foes” that we often face in our workplaces: discouragement, exhaustion, and pride. With God’s help, we will prevail. By God’s grace, we will flourish.
Gracious God, I need your help today as I confront my “foes.” My “foes” aren’t human enemies. They’re the things I do battle with, things that drag me down, that threaten to defeat me.
Help me today, Lord, with the “foe” of discouragement. I need your Spirit to encourage me, to keep me going when my work feels fruitless.
Help me, I pray, with the “foe” of exhaustion. Sometimes it seems as if my energy has been drained away. I wonder if I can keep on going. I need your strength, Lord.
Help me today with the “foe” of pride. When things are going well at work, it’s fine to take delight in my success. But it’s too easy for me to begin to compare myself to others, to think more highly of myself than I ought to. Help me, I pray, to be truly humble, to delight in the presence of your grace, and to lift up my colleagues.
With your help, Lord, I will tread down my “foes.” I will flourish in your strength. To you be all the glory! Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day
God will help you when you face your “foes” at work. God is there for you.
For Further Reflection
You may wish to read all of Psalm 60.
Philippians 4:12-13 – “I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
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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.