Can God Trust you to Work the Nightshift?
1 Thessalonians 5:5
“You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.”
Well, can he? Can God trust you to remain faithful and continually seek him even when you may be in the darkness? I must admit, the night shift on any job is the most dangerous. It seems like the likelihood of crime increases because people are better able to conceal themselves. I would even go on to say that many employers try to select workers to work the night-shift who are able to:
1. Fend for themselves in the face of danger
2. Able to follow the proper procedures and protocol
3. Will remain diligent
I believe that God often chooses those to endure darkness that he can trust will do the same. It’s not always about whether or not you are ready for it. But, it is about truly believing that he will equip you with the tools you need. The scripture I cited at the beginning of this post is comforting because it states that we do not BELONG to the night or the darkness. Notice, however, it does not mention that we may not have to go THROUGH darkness or even be IN darkness sometimes. I believe that God sends us through dark times, so that we may be more appreciative of the light. How can you truly be joyful if you’ve never experienced sorrow? Can you really appreciate the sunshine if you’ve never experienced the rain?
But, there are some key things to remember as you are working the night shift. Remain alert and self controlled (verse 6). God has equipped us with a little something known as free-will. With this, we are able to make our own choices. So, that means it’s up to you to choose whether or not you will allow him to guide you in darkness. It’s up to you to not become complacent and seek the light even in the darkness. It’s up to you to not give up on you just because you are in darkness. Choose to have some self-discipline when you’re in the darkness. “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of the darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).
Be careful not to grow weary and grow discouraged. Cast your worries on the one who cares. Keep your head up beautiful! Or for my male readers, keep your head up handsome. No matter what darkness you may be in, I promise you that you are someone’s beacon of light. Do it for them. Be an example to others! Keep shining! If only you remember this, you won’t become a product of the darkness, but instead your light will illuminate brighter when you make it out.
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