Ecclesiastes 9:11, "I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned: but time and chance happen to them all."
"Rise and Grind." "Good things come to those who hustle." These statements underscore the fact that we want to believe that the person who works the hardest and does the best work wins in the end. But, the best team doesn't always secure victories. The hardest working employee doesn't always get the promotion. The person who does everything right doesn't always get the results they want. If we put all of our trust in our work, those moments that don't pan out in the way we'd hoped can be devastating. That doesn't mean we abandon hard work. We just don't rely on that alone. We acknowledge there are things out of our control and trust God in those areas.
Trust is not abandoning our responsibility to work hard; it's doing everything we can do while leaning on God to do the things only He can. We show up for work every day, bringing our best and trusting God to provide the new client, the creative ideas, or the relationships that we need. We commit to spending time with Him daily and placing our faith in Him above all else.
Trusting in our work alone eventually leads to disappointment. But trusting in God gives us the freedom to work on what we can control, knowing He will be faithful to take care of the rest.
God, Please make me aware of when I trust in my work above of trusting in You. Help me to grow more dependent upon You each day. Thank You for Your consistency in my life. Amen.