“Turn the other cheek? What’s my other option?”

A good friend called me recently to relay that she was being considered for a promotion which she was EXTREMELY qualified for with her employer. She interviewed well (and actually had a second interview) and everything seemed to be lining up. She humbly talked to me about what value and skills she would bring to the position and we knew that God would answer prayers in her favor for the position. She was the right candidate.

When she called a week later with the news that the job had been given to a less qualified co-worker, I offered words of encouragement and did my best NOT to say, “Better luck next time”. She was disappointed, but she wasn’t bitter. When we hung up, I prayed for God to comfort her heart.

It can be challenging to hold back your tears, square your shoulder, hold your head up and keep moving when you feel you’ve been treated unjustly. But, it can be done. Jesus prayed for those who were intensely set on ending His life. He prayed to His Father – from the cross, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do”. He is a great example to us: When life gets hard, pray harder.

Take action now: Meditate on Proverbs 16:9: “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps”. (New King James Version)

Embrace this truth: A “no” from God may mean “no, not yet”. Wait with patience.

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