Updated: Sep 3, 2019
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things…” (Mark 10:41 NKJV).
Many people are frustrated about many things in life. Some are frustrated by the things said or done to them by other people. Others are frustrated, thinking and saying, “They should have promoted me by now. They should have done this or that for me by now.” What such people need to understand is that by doing this, they're putting their lives in other people’s hands. The Bible says that promotion doesn’t come from the east, west, or south, it comes from God (Psalm 75:6).
When you understand that God is the one who promotes (that promotion comes from Him), you won’t worry about whether "they" promoted you or not. You ought to put your life and trust in God’s hands, not in the hands of men. You may work hard and feel like you deserve a promotion and not get one perhaps because someone in working against you. God doesn’t want you to get frustrated in such situations. He wants you to know that promotion doesn’t come from men, it comes from Him; and when He promotes you, nobody can stop it.
There's a mentality and understanding that I’ve gained from studying the Word of God over the years. I know from the Word of God that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28). I know that I can't be disadvantaged by anybody because my life and my trust are in the One who works all things out for my good—for my advantage—because He loves me and cares about everything to do with me. The Man of God, David, had the same mentality and understanding; he said to God, “You will perfect that which concerns me.” (Psalm138:8 NKJV). As a child of God, you also ought to practice thinking and talking that way; you’ll be amazed at the results that you’ll begin to get in your life.
I’ve experienced people who try to work against my progress and engage in unnecessary and meaningless competition with me. But I never say, “Oh no; they're working against me.” I just think and reason in my heart, “Promotion doesn’t come from the east, west, or south; it comes from God.” I tell myself, “I refuse to be moved by this. This doesn’t mean anything.” Then I talk to God and say, “Father, I thank you that regardless of what’s happening, I’m making progress. I’m moving forward!” And I surely do make progress and find myself so greatly promoted by God every time! I don’t say that in anger or in competition with such people. I don’t fight with them. In my heart, I feel sorry for them because they haven't known nor understood many things about God and how He functions.
I refuse to be in competition with anybody. God hasn’t taught nor raised me that way. He has taught me not to be in competition with anybody, but to focus on being the best "me" that I can be, and to help other people become the best that they can be. If something good happens in another person’s life, I'll join that person to celebrate that good thing, either privately, own my own, or directly with that person if I have the opportunity to do so. I don’t become jealous or frustrated with another person’s success and progress. Another person’s success and progress don't mean that I’m failing, or a failure. It simply means that God is doing good things in that person’s life because the Bible says that all good and perfect gifts come from God (James 1:17). So, I’ve cultivated the habit of celebrating with other people when good things happen in their lives.
What I’m showing you here is that you never have to be frustrated by such things in your life. Firstly, you should become conscious that God is your Promoter, and commit yourself to Him, knowing that at the right time, He will promote you, irrespective of who may be working against you. Secondly, you ought to celebrate with others when good things happen in their lives. By doing so, you attract God’s favour into your life; you can attract what you celebrate into your life. Finally, you shouldn’t engage in unwholesome and meaningless competition with other people because God hasn’t asked you to compete with anybody in this world and to focus on outdoing them and becoming better than them. Neither should you be jealous of other people’s lives because God has a beautiful dream for your life, that’s unique to you; He dreams for your success. He doesn’t have anybody like you, and will never have anybody like you. So be the best "you" there is! God brought you into this world for a purpose. There’s something that you alone can do in this world. You ought to find out what that purpose is, and focus on fulfilling it with Him!
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