“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
How was your past week at work? Were you aware of any fears you have not yet worked through? In the ideal situation, we do not have any fears, but in reality, there is often something we are dealing with. God does not want us to be "stuck in fear," unable to move forward to a solution.
Last week, we reviewed the first 5 steps of dealing with fear at work. They were:
Acknowledge you are afraid: what specifically have you determined is a concern or stress you have not yet dealt with?
Identify your fear: what exactly is it? Sometimes, you may need to go a little deeper. Perhaps it is not a fear of public speaking but a fear of rejection. Maybe it is not a fear of taking the promotion but rather a fear of failure.
Be honest about the difficulties: What keeps you from taking the next step? Is it a fear of the unknown? Although you do not know where the next step will take you, God knows. Is it a fear of what people may think? In that scenario, we are reminded we are to please God, not others.
Acknowledge your lack of courage: if you could have moved forward, you would have. However, you have recognized you need God's strength. That is a good thing.
Commit to seeking God: at this point, you must commit to spending time with God to determine what He wants your next step to be.
Part 2 of overcoming fear at work involves spending time with God and listening to Him.
If you have not fully completed the first 5 steps, then take another week to do so. This is meant to be helpful, not stressful! If you have had an exceptionally crazy week, take some extra time to reflect on fear at work. Once you are at the point where you are committed to seeking God's direction, then you are ready for the next 5 steps.
Commit to acknowledging God in all your ways. As you seek His direction, seek to acknowledge His principles as well. All things work together when we strive to seek Him and live the way He wants us to. Do you have a serious decision to make? Seek advisors as God advises in Proverbs.
Trust He will direct your path: As you commit to seek Him and acknowledge Him, also commit to trust Him 100%. Not 90 or 99%. Trust 100%. Are you doing that?
Humbly surrender yourself to Him. Worship God, depend on Him, and thank Him for what He will do. Give the issue to Him and commit to praying and listening.
Commit to praying every day for the next 30 days about the issue. Set aside a time every day. Try to keep it the same time of day, but the important thing is you are making a covenant time every day with God to come before Him with the issue. Pray for His direction.
Commit to listening: after you have prayed, expectantly read a psalm. Start with Psalm 1 on your first day, Psalm 2 on your second day, and go forward for 30 days. As you read the Psalm, is there something that "jumps out from the page" to you? Is there something that resonates with the issue you are dealing with? Then, quietly take time to listen to God. Keep distractions away, and let your heart and soul listen quietly to what God wants you to know. Do this daily for a month and write down what you feel God is telling you.
Following these steps results in walking closely with your Heavenly Father as you make the decision that will honor Him. When you seek God for direction and commit to spending time in prayer, He will be faithful and direct you.
Taking This to God in Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, I am dealing with _______________ at work and this is still a fear or stress for me. I have been trying to do this on my own strength, which has not worked. I know you have a plan for me, and I want to follow this plan. Over the next month, I am committing to spending covenant time with you to deal with this issue and deal with it in the way You direct me. Thank You, Lord, for Your love and faithfulness, and please give me the ability to wisely listen to Your voice. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
May God bless you this week as you commit covenant time to Him.
Have a wonderful week.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work