There are Never any Surprises with the Gospel....Part TwoTuesday, March 28, 2006
Who could have guessed the unfolding of today's events given my conclusions on yesterday's post? Certainly not I. I was taken totally by surprise today to be told by one of my bosses that my business relationship with the company was being terminated effectively immediately. The reason? We did not have the same business philosphies. I would agree with that...wholeheartedly. But is that a legitimate reason to terminate someone?
As I look back, my track record as a salesman is no glowing report. I am not a valued commodity at my company. I never earned salesman of the anything. But I worked as hard at it as I possibly could, buying sales books to learn more, listening intently to and learning from our new V.P. of sales, watching how he handles business, upgrading my clothes closet to look more professional, staying up late at night to rework proposals and read product information, etc., etc., ad nauseum. In short, I desperately wanted to please the Lord as a salesman with this company. But no one seems to have been able to explain the my mysterious inability to close sales; my one close for every fifteen proposals, as compared to my buddies' 4-5 closes for every ten proposals.
There are other forces at work behind the scenes, forces that cannot and should not be communicated on a blog. But suffice it to say that the V.P. nailed it on the head when he commented that our business philosophies are, in fact, very much different. It would not please the Lord to comment on his philosophies, except to say simply that those who do not follow Christ reflect it in everything they do...especially in business practices.
That said, while this certainly caught me by surprise, none of this caught my God by surprise. He knew it was coming. In fact, He planned it all! He predestined all of this for my good and His glory so that somehow through this I would be conformed to the image of Jesus (Rom. 8:28-30). Now, I have absolutely no clue as to what I will do for a living, how God will provide for us in the meantime. Important facts like severance and back-commission were never brought into the picture during this morning's three-minute termination meeting.
But none of that has taken my God by surprise either. And if He is the same God as He was in our last major trial, He's already planned a deliverance and rescue for us. After all, that is what His name means: Yeshua - rescuer, deliverer, and savior. He does what He does best. He takes what is broken and fixes it. He takes what seems a complete wash and redeems it. I can't wait to see what the Giver of the Gospel is about to give me next!
He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for me...will He not also give me everything else I need?
For those who read the blog and benefit from it...pray for our family during this, yet another transition time...the second in seven months. Thankfully, by God's grace, it will not include another move. It would take a ginormous act of God to direct us away from our beloved church fellowship. But feeding the family now is what's important. And since this is simply a byproduct of seeking first God's kingdom and His righteousness (that is, living out the gospel of Jesus Christ in my heart and home and community), what I need is a focused mind and heart on this centerpoint.
I have no idea how God will provide. But I do know for a fact that focusing my heart and mind on His kingdom and righteousness will promise provision for my family. Praise God for the gospel...yet again. I live by a gospel and serve a God both of which are unshakeable.