Synchronicity Or An Email Confirmation From God?

See blog entry Weltanschuung, 1 Peter 2, dated May 21, 2008

The very first Email devotional I read this morning is from Northeast Christians at Work:


Thursday, May 22, 2008
When dealing with a difficult boss or difficult circumstances at work, Christians are confronted with the same issues Jesus faced when Satan confronted Him in the desert during His time on earth.  All Satan wanted Jesus to do was to change, just to get Jesus to do one thing that was pleasing to Satan; and therefore displeasing to God.
He’d tried the trick before with good success.  “Psst…Eve. Over here! You don’t REALLY believe you’ll die if you eat this fruit, do you?”  When Eve, and then Adam, ate from that tree, death was introduced into Creation for the first time. Until then, they were going to live forever. Now, because Satan tricked them, death is a part of our existence, too.
But back to difficult bosses and trying circumstances.  Many of us are tempted to let down our guards, to engage in gossip, backbiting, retaliatory actions, pouting, and other sinful responses because “we’re only human.”
How sad that must make God, when the very moment for which He equips us, we choose to be just like everyone else.  The Apostle Peter recognized this when writing to people who were facing even more daunting trials than difficult bosses or difficult job circumstances.  He was writing to fathers and mothers who by their professions of faith were sentencing their children to slavery, persecution and even death.  He was writing to people holding on to bits of Scripture instead of the whole Bible we hold in our hands.  And even though Peter’s words were aimed at worst-case scenes of trial, they speak volumes to us in our cubicles and workstations today:
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
Stand fast.  Do not repay evil for evil.  Do not succumb to negativity even when swamped by its effects.  Peter continues in I Peter 2:
Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.
And lest you have trouble standing up when hard times hit, think back to the night in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus was so stressed the Bible said He “sweated drops of blood” and pleaded with God to find another way to redeem us.  Then He stood up, and bravely headed off to face his terrible final days so you could be saved, and if only you had made the decision to follow Him, He still would have paid that price that night. Peter goes on:
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. Especially in our harder moments, may we have the grace to live worthy of His name.

Lord, forgive me for the times when I have chosen to be just like everyone else at work. Thank You for the example You have given us in Your Word as to how we respond to harsh times at work and elsewhere. Help me to follow that example.  Amen. 
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (for small groups and individuals)

1.  What are some examples of Christians choosing to be just like everyone else at work?
2.  What can you do to avoid being like everyone else and be more Christ-like in those situations?

Dear Lord, Thank You for watching over me and providing me with Biblical advice to follow in difficult situations. I want to be like you, but it’s so very hard, in fact, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  A lot of the time I only see my unworthiness and sinful nature… why do You care so much about me?  When events occur (like receiving this email devotional the very next day after choosing to be obedient to 1 Peter 2) a part of me says, “Who are you kidding? It’s just a coincidence.”  In my heart, I truly want to believe it’s You, talking to me, and affirming that I am Your precious child and You want me for Your own.  Draw me closer to You, Oh Lord.

~ by Andrea T on May 22, 2008.

3 Responses to “Synchronicity Or An Email Confirmation From God?”

  1. That is so cool how God is speaking to you, verifying that you heard His will correctly and showing that He is pleased with you for obeying. I had already thought God was telling me He was using my physical sickness to heal my spiritual one, and then I read Brother Lawrence’s writing, and it said exactly the same thing. Isn’t that awesome! I’m glad God interacts with us and makes Himself known to us. “You are precious to Me. You are honored, and I love you.” Isa. 43:4 NLT

  2. I felt a “tingle” go through me when I opened that very first devotional… what’s the liklihood that it was coincidence? I know it was God speaking to me. Thanks for your response.

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