Letting God Decide Your Career Path

Do you have career tension

If you know me personally, you know I’ve been battling with career tension for half a decade now. No matter how much I try, I feel out of place—as if I don’t belong in the type of work I’m in.

There’s nothing inherently evil about my career field. It is a humble career that helps employ thousands of people in the city that I live in. Being good for the community though doesn’t mean it’s the career God wants me to be in.

That’s where the tension begins. I’m fully aware that I’m in the wrong career. However, I don’t necessary know what career I’m supposed to be in either.

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Part of me is grateful for this unsolved mystery. Up until five years ago, I would have assumed that I was in the career that God wanted me to be in. However, that was mirage; I was simply blinded by the prestige and security of my employer. Instead of holding tightly to the prestige and security of the Provider, I was holding tightly to the provision. That’s a big no-no, and I’m glad I’m not in that place anymore spiritually.

However, at the same time, I’m in constant career tension.

It’s not a bad kind of tension. It’s an expectant kind of tension—a “please God, tell me what you want me to do” kind of tension. I just want to know what I’m supposed to be doing so I can start doing it. Is that not a worthwhile request?

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.  Proverbs 16:9 ESV

In terms of God’s chronology for my career, clarity is definitely a worthwhile request. If I call to Him, He will show me great and hidden things just as He promised Jeremiah in the Old Testament.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. – Jeremiah 33:3 ESV

That being said, God’s promises aren’t always instantaneous. In fact, most of God’s promises aren’t instantaneous. God’s promises require patience and perseverance. And if we lack those qualities, we better begin praying for a re-fill. God works on his own time.

As the classic Dottie People’s song rejoices, “He may not come when you want Him, / But He’ll be there right on time. / He’s an on-time-God, / Yes He is.

I have to remember that chorus as I patiently wait for God to answer my prayers. I’m still not sure what I’m supposed to do with my life, but I’m content in the waiting. The same goes for you if you’re going through a similar experience.

Find contentment in knowing God is still there. Find joy in knowing God never misses a beat. He will answer your prayers in a mighty and glorious way—right on time.

Written by Ben Baxter

My name is Ben Baxter. I am a husband, father, elder, engineer, and financial coach hailing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I am a regular contributor of personal finance and career development topics for The Birmingham News / AL.com. I am also the owner/editor of the multi-authored blog, Baxter & Friends.

11 thoughts on “Letting God Decide Your Career Path

  1. I too have felt God changing my direction over the last few years. Recently, He sent me back to school working on my Master’s degree in order to focus more on my writing. It’s been somewhat stressful, so I appreciate your timely reminder: “God’s promises require patience and perseverance. And if we lack those qualities, we better begin praying for a re-fill. God works on his own time.”

  2. This is powerful brother…. He will show me great and hidden things just as He promised Jeremiah in the Old Testament.
    Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. – Jeremiah 33:3 ESV

  3. What wisdom! I think this effects so many of us, who are searching to be successful. We are too often lead by our own choices & opinions to determine what career we want, instead of what career God wants for us. The way you have described it as ‘tension between conflicting paths’ sums it up perfectly! Thank you for sharing!

  4. For what it’s worth, three of my friends who were engineers at your life stage became leaders in the Christian community. One is currently on sabbatical after more than 25 years with Wycliffe’s SIL. One is Executive Director of Boston ‘s Emanuel Gospel Center, which essentially serves as a capacity-building center for urban congregations — mostly immigrant or otherwise non Anglo. And one teaches ESL in the (mostly Unreached) part of the world where she used to be a water resources engineer. So just keep watching and praying. And don’t assume you’ll always use engineering skills directly!

    1. I’m not sure where my comments from the other day went, but I am back to rectify the situation. Thank you so much for the kind words. I look forward to seeing where God puts me. Maybe I’ll be a pastor one day.

  5. Thank you for this powerful read and sharing your transparent moments! I had to give up my ideas of where I thought I’d be by this age and what I thought I should have accomplished at such and such time and realize that God wrote this book called my life. He already knows the end and I’m just reading the chapters as I go along but with that came such a trust in Him and His plan that at this moment in my life, I know I’m exactly where I should be. Thank you again!

    1. Faith is what I was lacking. And each day, I pray for more faith in this area. God has the 10,000 foot view, and I don’t need to see everything that he sees in order to have faith in Him.

  6. WOW! That was powerful Sir., I am personally going through a very similar situation and appreciate this Blog! I will be praying for you about this, please do the same for me. Thanks again, Dustin Gordon

    1. Dustin, one of the verses I’ve been praying for a while is in Phil 4.
      18 But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am amply supplied…
      Paul is talking about his ability to spread the Gospel. Let’s pray that you are amply supplied to spread the Gospel. God will get us in the right spot to do that!
      Dave

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