Where Do You Turn for Job Searching Counsel?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Prov. 3: 5,6
Choosing who you seek counsel from for your job search is an important decision…
“Lean not to your own understanding.” Oh how often we do learn to our own understanding. When you lean, you are resting on something for support. Whether it’s a building you are leaning on, a friend’s shoulder, a walking cane, or your own understanding. The ability of that thing to hold you up depends on the nature of the thing itself.
If you lean on a sand castle, you won’t find much support. If you lean on a walking cane with a crack, it will probably fail soon also. The same is true of “our own understanding.” It may be good for a while, but it will eventually fail us.
Look to God for Counsel
The key, as these verses depict, is to train your own understanding to be God’s understanding, God’s perspective, God’s direction. And that takes time, because His perspective is not something that comes as part of our normal understanding.
For example, God’s will is that we:
- Suffer (Phil. 1:29), while we look for comfort.
- Submit (I Pet. 2:15), while we strive for independence.
- Serve (Mk. 10:42-45), while we want others serving us.
How does God guide you?
But God does guide; He does provide direction to help you conform to His understanding. How does He guide? He uses a variety of avenues to get through to us, including the scriptures, prayer, the Holy Spirit, circumstances, conscience and counsel. So who should you seek counsel from? The Scriptures give some help there also and tell you to listen to:
- Different age groups
- Those we disagree with
- Those with wisdom
- Spiritual mentors
- Christian friends
Whom should you be seeking counsel from in your job search? You may want to set up a weekly or bi-weekly meeting with those people for this purpose.
Heavenly Counselor, thank you for your presence. Give me the courage to ask others for counsel, and wisdom to listen to advice with a biblical filter.
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