Getting up for work this morning was not a problem; knowing where I was headed was. I shook off satan's attempt to get me to view the bonus issue in a worldly fashion and instead recalled my Lord's calm assurance that He was indeed in charge. How grateful I am for His patience with me! I arrived at work and proceeded to read the next devotion in my Bible. First Thessalonians 4 is titled "Living to Please God" and verse 4 especially "that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable." I thought."Yes Lord, I will not act like the world acts--You have shown me that. Thank You for this affirmation." Surrounded by His Presence, I did my work joyfully and at peace. I could tell almost immediately that the enemy of my soul would not let the matter be still. The department next to mine, which is on the other side of the work bench, began to get louder and louder with their obscene language and sexual innuendo. Nearly every remark had some reference I did not care to hear. I finally put earplugs in my ears so the sound was muffled enough so I could not understand the words. I thought again to the Scripture I had just read, about controlling my own body in a way that is holy and honorable. The Scripture goes on in verses five through seven--"not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;...For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life." I knew right then and there I was doing what God wanted, living in the world but not of the world.
At break, I read more of that chapter and God reaffirmed it again in verses eleven and twelve; "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."
About an hour after this, the owner of the company walked from employee to employee, thanking them for the job they're doing and handed out Christmas bonus checks. After thanking him, I turned my eyes upward and grinned, knowing God more intimately than ever before. His sweet, sweet Presence warmed me in such a way I cannot put to words. I didn't even open the envelope; whatever was in there was fine with me; it certainly was more than I had arrived with that morning! Yet the same group was complaining about the amount of the bonus...and the amount of the previous bonus besides! I shook my head in disbelief. I learned alot about that group today. But happily, I learned more about my Lord and Savior--and His never failing Love for me and His attention to the smallest detail that concerns me.