If you are in a season of possible change, this is a word for you. God showed me there are people in a transitional period in their life. And this change is primarily with regard to career changes.
Change is always happening whether we like it or not. But in the process of change, God is doing a new thing.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19).
When it doesn’t seem like there is a way out or no other choice, God is at work in any situation. And sometimes that’s in transitioning out of something or staying where you are. Are you able to perceive it?
God showed me people in two different scenarios who are in the midst of making career changes.
(1) Career Change Making Less Money
You are a person that is currently in a career that you worked extremely hard for and went through years of schooling. You work in a high-level position, but this position has left you unsatisfied and longing for more. It feels like you’re in a rat race and just another suit, not really making much of a difference that you would like to. And you want to be in a position that you feel satisfied in and that would help more people in need.
You have colleagues who wouldn’t understand or don’t currently understand this discontentment as you seemingly have it all. Why would you want to give up a lucrative career for possibly doing lower-level work for little pay?
On the other hand, there may be someone in your life that was on the same career track as you, but took a different route. You see the satisfaction and contentment they have in their position. They aren’t making the big bucks, but that’s not what matters to them. They’re content in what the Lord has for them. This person would be supportive of your job transition as opposed to your colleagues who would deter you from making such a transition.
There may be fear that God may not come through for you if you take such a big step of faith. When God asks you to do something and you obey, He is there for His children.
(2) Career Change Making More Money
In scenario 2, you are looking for a different job in order to gain a higher salary and more perks. This means better resources and more provision. This isn’t necessarily wrong in and of itself, but that is not what is at the heart of the matter. You see what you can have and this is determining your decision-making rather than what God is asking you to do.
If God is not calling you to change positions, then He wants you to stay where you are. God is saying that where you’re currently is at is where He wants you to be. He wants you to learn to be content in what He has in you. To be content to stay where you’re at until He has called you somewhere else. No amount of money and things will make you more content as contentment is found in Christ alone.
Obedience to God
In both cases, the Father doesn’t want greed to determine what choices you make in transitioning jobs. God’s provision is greater than any downgrade or upgrade in income. He is your all-provider and if He is calling you to make a change or to stay, He wants you to trust Him that He cares for you and He will provide for you. “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:30-31). It may not always be when you think you need the provision or come in the ways you expect it, but it will come in God’s perfect timing.
Not only can greed be a factor, but it’s a struggle when wondering what will people think of you. If you take a different position or stay in your current one, your reputation feels at stake. In both scenarios, you’re giving up lucrative opportunities that the world holds in high-esteem. But in the kingdom of God, you are to seek God’s approval, not man’s, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal. 1:10). God wants you to please Him rather than man.
There is no need to fear following God and His purposes for you as He will help you. He has given you not only His son, but He’s give you His Word and Spirit. You are not walking through these decisions alone. Christ is in you to follow all that the Lord has for you, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).