Years ago, I negotiated a higher salary for a temporary position that I obtained through a Hiring Agency. The assignment lasted for 16 weeks. For some unknown reason, I checked the paystub of my final check, and much to my surprise, there was a $2 per hour difference in the salary paid for the assignment.
I contacted the Human Resources liaison, who asked, “You never checked your payroll stub.” My answer was, “No, I had a written contract. Why was it necessary for me to check my stub?” I received a check for the deficit in an overnight express envelope the next day.
As I reflect on this story, I realize that as human beings we put too much trust in people, employers, investment companies, businesses, and banks. In fact, many individuals feel intimidated to obtain second opinions regarding their health or medical diagnosis.
Surprisingly in 2022, scams are still being orchestrated with the highest level of expertise. Many victims receive a phone call from a person representing an alleged governmental agency or bank who says they owe money or suspicious charges were charged to the debit or credit card. And trusting the confident voice, they readily give their confidential financial identifiers to a stranger.
Still, the greatest deception is a never-ending scheme perpetrated in the spiritual realm. Satan has convinced us to rely on ourselves. Yes, we trust our judgment based on prior experience or desires of the heart.
The irony is that we place too much trust in ourselves, other people, and institutions, but we have little to no faith in God. If you believe in God and did not pray for direction and God’s will to be done, or wait for His answer, unfortunately, your plans will not come to fruition the way you think.
I can recall a story from a former pastor who had his own investment business. He told the congregation that he prayed about making an investment and received the answer of “No” from God. But the financial returns were too great to pass on this opportunity. Within days he lost $250,000.
The unequally yoked relationship, the start of a business, financial investment, the relocation for a new job, or the purchase of a new vehicle or house, if God has not given His blessings upon our desires, we will place ourselves in a lose-lose predicament.
The consequences of Disobedience always place us in spiritual bankruptcy. Not trusting in God is guaranteed to end in failure. “Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard.”(Proverbs 13:15).
The Solution: Always Pray and wait for God’s answer!
Prayer: God, we ask for your direction and blessings upon our lives. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.