Abound Above a Harsh Taskmaster
As my walk with the Lord grew I was faced with many challenges and one of them was, I seem to find myself working with a harsh taskmaster.
I kept finding myself working for those who brought their personal problems to work and managing through their emotions. It was hard and extremely stressful to be at work and perform my job. I would be given projects that they would want completed in a time frame that was not possible because of the job duties I was hired to perform. I found the harder I worked to please my boss the disrespect and working relationship became worse.
Why did this keep happening? Why wasn't I recognizing the same attitudes but just different people? I would think, I wish I had known this before I got the job. Then I felt stuck because I needed the job. Well let's back up and see what was going on?
God always warns His children and when we choose to disobey, God moves from warning to correcting or discipline. I would be warned but sometimes I didn't see or hear the warning because it didn't seem like a warning, I wouldn't listen or I allowed fear to rule. I would have that gut feeling, the Holy Spirit, but I would squash it down and choose my decision because I needed a job. Fear was overriding what God wanted from me. So these are the types of jobs I gave myself.
JOB 1 - they accused me of stealing with no proof
JOB 2 - they wanted me to steal from people
JOB 3 - Got sick from chemical smell
JOB 4 - attack on my character and was left constantly picking up other peoples jobs because the manager allowed it
JOB 5 - DONE, lesson learned and still work there today
Now why did I do this to myself when the Holy Spirit was warning me each time? Sometimes He was screaming! Well I will tell you it was fear. In my "got to have a job mentality" I did not trust the Lord to bring me the job He knew was perfect for me. If it took longer than I thought my fear would lead to panic and I took matters into my own hands. There would be no peace about taking the job but my fear and lack of trust closed my ears and overrode the doubts I had.
I can tell you from personal experience that God will allow you to go down this road as many times as you like but when you choose to stop, you can be delivered from this pattern of behavior. The bible talks about people who do this and one of them are the Israelites.
Judges 2:1-5, Judges 2:11-15 & Judges 2 16 Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them. 17 Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they whored after other gods and bowed down to them. They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord, and they did not do so.
They disobeyed God many, many times but each time they cried out God delivered them.
Judges 2:18 Whenever the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them.
In the book of Judges there is a pattern and this pattern applies to every believer. In the bible believers are called sheep. When you study the behavior of sheep you find they must have a shepherd to lead and care for them because left to themselves they will come to harm. The Israelites and you and I are no different. We must have a godly leader to keep us on the straight and narrow path.
In this time, Jesus is our shepherd and He keeps and watches over everyone who belongs to Him. Those with saving faith in Jesus Christ are sealed and indwelled with the Holy Spirit. It is His job to teach us truth and to guide us in godly ways.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
To learn to walk and be guided by the Holy Spirit takes discipline and humility (amoung others).
In taking these jobs God disciplined me, Jesus kept me, and the Holy Spirit kept revealing the truth about Christ and me. It was the affliction that got my attention and my view changed which caused me to see obedience to the Lord is His blessing to me. I began to see for myself God never leaves His children during times of discipline and He truly knows what is best.
Are you working for a harsh taskmaster? How did you get there? Pray for your harsh taskmaster and ask the Lord to reveal what He wants from you. Trust the Lord and pray for guidance, wisdom and courage to obey Him.
Each time the Israelites humbled themselves, repented and prayed to God to help them He did not hesitate. He delivered them out of their sin. God will and is able to help but there must be repentance and humility which comes through affliction and will lead being set free.
John 8:31 NASB So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
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