Who Are You Relying On?

“For you have heard about my former way of life …….. But when God, who from my mother’s womb set me apart and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me, so that I could preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone.”         Galatians 1: 13a and 1:15-16 HCSB.  

The truck driver called early to say that he hoped to deliver our shipment mid to late afternoon.  It was a busy day with many things going on so I had not thought about the delivery again until he called right after lunch to say he was heading down Interstate 26 and should be in our town within thirty minutes. That is when it became clear to me that somehow he had been misled. He was en route to Hendersonville, NC instead of our town of Henderson, NC. Not a lot of difference in the name but at least four hours apart in the best driving conditions. He was excited, hoping we would quickly get the load off, and allow him to move onto his next cargo. I had to be the bearer of bad news and inform him that instead of being minutes away from his destination he was about four hours away.

I did not explore what misled the truck driver that day because I did not want to embarrass him anymore. Perhaps it was looking at the bill of lading too quickly or just being unfamiliar with the area. The fact is he was misled because he was not relying on correct information. This was a workplace problem, that day, for him and his plans more than anyone else. The workplace applications are many. For example we must be careful not to rely on gossip and rumors. Neither should we rely on our emotions for guidance in any situation. Paul was saved through a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and Christ became Paul’s commander in chief. When we read about Paul and his life we learn that he always knew where to go as in Acts 9:6, 13:2, 16:10, 18:10, and 23:11. The more we study about this man of God we see that he knew who to listen to, when information was reliable, and he was useful to God in every way. That, I believe, is what we all long for. 

Our workplace challenge is to make sure we are relying on the Lord for strength and direction. It comes through consistent Bible study, spending time focused on the Lord, and prayer. Think of all the encounters we have in a given day and the potential to touch lives in the greatest way. We can speak truth, arrest gossip and rumors, offer encouragement, hope, and comfort even when it seems like the world is falling apart. We can be those in the workplace filled with the Holy Spirit of the living God always in the right place at the right time with the right attitude and words to say. Now, who are you relying on? Make today count for His glory.