Signposts: Daily Devotions

Written by Larry Pray

Sunday, October 12

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6-7

The dilemma she faced was clear: When applying for a job, was it best to say nothing about one's disability? Would admitting that one's vision was impaired, that one could not walk without pain, or that blood tests needed to be taken four or five times a day jeopardize the chance of landing a job? 

But if nothing were said about the disabilities that shaped her life, would it be an honest interview? If they were mentioned, would there be a price to pay? In whom could she confide? And what might the consequences be?

As she weighed what and what not to say, she realized that conversation with God is quite different. Although it also dealt with life, she could be open, honest and direct in her prayers, and in her supplications. Whereas there was an element of fear in her potential job interview, a spirit of thanksgiving marked her prayer life. She did not need to prejudge her requests, to hide her fears, or to evade God with the truth of her life. Instead she was to let her requests “be made known to God.”

She realized that whatever happened in her interview, and whatever the price of her honesty, she could be sure of the peace of God that would set her fears to rest by guarding her heart and thoughts in Christ Jesus.

Decisions! Decisions! Guide us, almighty and ever-merciful God, in the decisions of this day, reminding us that with you all may be known, and in you we are brought to peace. Amen.