July 7, 2022 • Life for Leaders
Scripture Reading – Psalm 100:5 (NRSV)
For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
All of us go through hard times at work. Sometimes we wonder if God is even there to help us. But when we look back on our work life, remembering both the highs and the lows, and all the times in between, we can see God’s goodness. The Lord’s steadfast love and faithfulness is always there for us.
Gracious God, as I look back upon my work life, I remember times when your goodness was so apparent. I think of times of guidance, inspiration, reassurance, and fruitfulness. It was easy in those times to see how you were blessing me.
Yet I also remember times when your goodness was veiled from my eyes. It seemed like you had turned your back on me or weren’t even there at all. Those were hard times, Lord, and I’m not sure I understand today all that you were doing or not doing. But, as I look back, I can see how you were at work even in those painful times. I recognize how you used others to comfort me. I remember lessons I learned. Today, in retrospect, I acknowledge your faithfulness. Your steadfast love was with me even when I couldn’t perceive it.
And so I thank you for being so good to me. I thank you for being faithful even in times when I have not been faithful to you. I thank you for your steadfast love that never lets me go. I give you thanks and praise this day with a humble and grateful heart.
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand has provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Ponder Throughout the Day
No matter what you are experiencing today at work, God is good and faithful. God’s love will never let you go.
For Further Reflection
Read all of Psalm 100.
You may also wish to reflect on the lyrics of the classic hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”
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: You Belong to God
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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.