I applied for a promotion at work at the end of August. I want to be a supervisor. Interviews were done the last week of September. I felt great after the interview. It was my best interview yet. I nailed the interview. Unfortunately, I got the bad news this past Thursday, I didn’t get the promotion. I just finished a sermon series entitled “Detoured”, where we studied the life of Joseph. In case you are wondering, it is easier to preach about a detour than face one. So now what? As I think back on what I learned from studying and preaching about the life of Joseph I am reminded of two things.
One. God had a plan for Joseph’s life and He has one for mine as well. Joseph’s plan may not have been an easy plan or a plan without pain—but there was a plan. It has become quite obvious to me in my 40+ years that I am not on the easy, painless plan either. However, God has made it quite clear He does have a plan for me (Genesis 50:20; Joshua 1:9; Proverbs 3:5-6, 16:4; Isaiah 14:27, 55:9; Jeremiah 29:11; John 13:7; Romans 8:31; Philippians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). I believe what God says to me in these verses is true.
Two. More than a promotion, I was told by the hiring manager, that my integrity and my work ethic are plainly seen and questioned by no one. While she cannot read me Bible verses when giving me feedback on my interview and performance—I think she was actually seeing Colossians 3:23 in me. The ISV reads this way, “Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.” This is so much more important than any promotion.
If I can remember these two things, then the bad news I got isn’t so bad. In fact, I would say it is kind of like the detours Joseph’s life took, that weren’t really detours at all!