By Oke Chinye
Read: 1 Peter 5:8-11
“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you” (1 Peter 5:10).
he movie “In pursuit of happyness” is an American biographical drama based on the life of Chris Gardner who went from being homeless to owning his own multi-million-dollar brokerage firm. At some point, Chris worked as an unpaid intern stockbroker at a brokerage firm, where he was amongst twenty interns competing for a paid position as a stockbroker. Chris worked so hard despite being a single father and homeless. He found a way of ensuring that he made more calls to prospective clients than the others.
After working hard at the job, he would pick his son from the daycare, retire to the homeless shelter, and then study all night. He would then return to work the following day after dropping off his son, with his suitcase in hand because he couldn’t leave it in the shelter.
One time, one of his bosses asked him to pay for his taxi fare and Chris had to part with five dollars which he could barely afford. Another time, a second boss asked him to park his car for him. Chris obliged even whilst running late for a potential sales appointment, which he eventually missed. On the last day of his internship, Chris Gardner was selected for the coveted full-time position. It turns out that the requests by his bosses were to test his integrity. They knew he was financially challenged and under pressure but needed to test his character in the face of adversity. The job at hand required someone with grit, integrity, and resilience. Chris passed all the tests without even knowing he was being tested.
God knows what you are going through and His plans for you are good. Be sure to pass all your tests. Do not faint, do not give up. Proverbs 24:10 says if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Hebrews 10:39 says we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life. Job 23:10 says He knows the way I take, when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:14-15). You never know when your helpers are watching you.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Dcns Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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