Let me explain. I have beenr eading all week the scriptures on David and the battles he fought. God delivered him out of them all and I am wondering if this is what God was trying to show me. My performance review is today and my boss gave me very low scores in areas I am the strongest. She has a problem with me and you can tell. But what am I to take from this?
God has his way of delivering us from both our problems and our enemies, provided we place all of out trust and belief in God and God's abilities. If you received a low score in something you perceive as being a strength, maybe you are wrong, maybe you are right.
Place the matter in God's hands completely, and ask God to deal with it all as He sees best, not as you do. God will show you your weaknesses and strengths and help you to improve them all.
In answer to your main question. God gives is cautions about things constantly guiding us. Whether or not we pay attention to God and correct thigs before hand or not is up to you.
It would appear you have a very different opinion of yourself than that of others and that what you view as strong characteristics are actually weak.
Either that, or your boss is lying and is getting ready to fire you for some other reason.
You may have received a low score because often companies apply a statistical normalisation curve across their employees' performances. By this curve they reckon a percentage will excel and a percentage underperform with the majority achieving their objectives. Managers are often instructed beforehand how many underachieved and how many excelled to hand out to their teams. It is often arbitrary and unrelated to actual performance. If your face doesn't fit you can get shafted.
You should take up your appraisal with your manager and request justification for the scoring. If you don't agree, you will need to provide evidence of where you believe the scores are unfair. Then you have the option to present a formal grievance to HR.
Whether God is in this or not, only you can decide, but being a Christian does not prevent you from being assertive when you believe you have been unfairly treated.
Thank you Dave for your complete honesty. It is truly appreciated. I trust God to work out all things for my good. My boss is unsaved Dave. She makes no secret of it and one thing I have at my desk is my comforter in the Word of God. I know that people do not fight against flesh and blood, but against Christ that resides within each of us. I try to stay fair and humble because this is what God wants me to do.
God does warn us beforehand. You are right it is up to God to handle it correctly and not for us to take it upon ourselves and make it worse.
Hi RJ68, you know I had consistently received 'Excellent' reviews from my past employers, until the one time I got a 'Satisfactory' from a different employer. God kept me calm in asking "Why?"...my manager said, "You received a better review than I, and to give you a higher review would suggest no room for growth or improvement." I felt so badly for my manager, as I told her she deserves outstanding reviews and why I felt so. I then asked, "Are you evaluating based on where I will be in five years, or what I've accomplished in three months?"...the answer was, "where you will be in five years." I then said, "So, if I were in first grade, would you then grade me based on where I would be in sixth grade?" See, the LORD's wisdom is not man's wisdom. There are many reasons/motives people do what they do, and it's typically not about you. All you can focus on is, "Did I please the LORD today?" "In quietness and confidence will be your strenth" (Is 30:15). Stay encouraged!!
You know, it is interesting. For years humans are conditioned to 'think' a certain way about everything. It is what most call brainwashing. We are constantly bombarded by external information, which results in the decisions we make.
I know well, many believing who use the text as the 'intercessor' to help recondition their thinking. Often times, there is little clarity before, during and after.
Your situation reminded me of Petra's. You know the story, Yes?
He is daydreaming on the roof of this house, not long after the events occurred.
He sees this vision of a blanket, piled with all kinds of things he was conditioned to believe were evil, unclean, not good for him. Metaphoric for people and places, as well as animals.
Three times he hears the spirit, three times he sees the vision.
All of a sudden the blanket is pulled up and he is jolted out of the daze.
He was so embed in his thoughts, he didn't even hear the door or people yelling to him. The spirit finally tells him to get down stairs and met these folks, go with them -to those 'unclean' Gentiles...
Sometimes, it takes a few tries before the human brain catches on to what the Spirit is saying, because we have been conditioned to ignore the 'word' entirely and seek advice; 'get a word' and search the text; compare our events with others or the past. We forget -like Petra, the signs were everywhere and everything we 'go through' we allowed ourselves to be placed in that situation or caused that situation to come about. In Petra's case, by following the spirit and Joshua (Moshiach) put himself in position to become the one to break the ice between 'clean' Jews and 'unclean' Gentiles. To be a pillar example of faith versus humanism. Same with David. He stepped up to defeat the giant, became Saul`s armor bearer and ultimately King because of it. Moshe, Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, Ezra and on and on all show the same thing.
So, just look at the signs/events around, what you have/have not been doing to result in the critique by your boss. The answer is already in you.
Those words were already in you -from the beginning- so you would know precisely all things pertaining to Life, in every aspect, for every decision or lack thereof. It is in you to both hear AND do, at any given instance. I will even go so far as to remind every human -you ARE in fact the word of Creator -from your head to your toes. Recognize this and recognize the action of heeding that word within is what faith really is. The reward of faith is ?! Yes indeed-y.
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