Career Change

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Career Change

Are you tired of your job? Are you thinking of a career change? Have you been doing the same thing for years on end with no future in site? Do you wish you could find a new occupation and never have to go back to what you’re doing now? If so, today’s message is meant to encourage you that God may have you right where He wants you.

The Bible tells us that Noah was a man of the soil (Genesis 9:20), a man of the earth. He labored at dealing with the earth, kept ground and soil in his hand as its caretaker, and occupied it as well. We know these efforts were not just a weekend hobby or a form of free-time recreation because, after the flood, Noah planted a successful vineyard, an endeavor of considerable effort.

Noah had been a man of the earth before the flood. He labored there for about 500 years doing the same thing, day after day. Then one day, out of the blue, God called Noah to change careers. God asked Noah to become a carpenter and to build Him an ark (Genesis 6:14). This task was also a significant endeavor and lasted many years. Noah complied faithfully and began his new career.

But Noah’s list of career functions was not yet complete. Next, God called Noah to be a zookeeper, gathering two animals of each kind. Then, for about forty days and at the age of 600, Noah became the captain of the greatest vessel to ever sail on Earth. Noah’s craft contained all existing and future life on Earth. Despite this weighty significance, Noah’s work during the flood was just a short-term assignment from God.

After the flood, Noah returned to the occupation to which God had called him before He diverted him. Noah, a great man, a good man, as well as an old man, obediently favored the wishes of His Father in Heaven and went back to being a man of the soil. He did not live an idle life, claiming he had done more than most men would ever do (which he had!). He did not think it below his status to be a humble man who worked the soil, day after day, year after year after being the captain of a life-saving ship.

God called Noah to go through a number of career changes before restoring him to his original occupation. Each time God had a specific plan for Noah, but in the end returned him to farming the land. Coming full circle in our occupations is not always in God’s plan, however. Sometimes God makes a permanent change in a person’s life. In the case of Saul of Tarsus, once God called him to be his apostle. He never wanted Saul look back and return to his former ways. Apostleship was a permanent career change and God’s intentions were the same for the other apostles. God humbled Peter when he tried to go back to fishing in the water (John 21). John’s new career was to be a fisher of men.

God has you where you are in your career for a reason. He helped you choose your career and opened and closed various doors and paths to lead you to your current position. He may allow you to continue what you’re doing for the rest of your life. Conversely, He may call you to a new and completely different career as He did with Noah and Saul. Even if God calls you to a career change for a brief period, however, we should be willing to return to our previous occupation if it is God’s will, even if our short term assignment is more glorious and exciting.

If you are thinking of a career change, be sure to call on God first. He has a plan for your life. It is normal for Him to guide us in our career paths. He may want you to change, or He may not. He may divert you for a while and then return you to where you are. Whatever His decision, it is righteous and just. We all need to remember Noah’s humbleness and willingness to carry out God’s plan. That’s the way to a normal life.

In His love and service,

Jeff Myers
A servant of Jesus Christ

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