Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Still I will – Day 17

Still I will shine my light in the workplace

Bible text(s)

5But if any of you lack wisdom, you should pray to God, who will give it to you; because God gives generously and graciously to all.

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. 6Remember the LORD in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.

Proverbs 3:5-6GNBOpen in Bible reader

21If you wander off the road to the right or the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, “Here is the road. Follow it.”

Isaiah 30:21GNBOpen in Bible reader

13There is nothing that can be hidden from God; everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes. And it is to him that we must all give an account of ourselves.

Hebrews 4:13GNBOpen in Bible reader

15Use true and honest weights and measures, so that you may live a long time in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. 16The LORD hates people who cheat.

Deuteronomy 25:15-16GNBOpen in Bible reader

6Do this not only when they are watching you, because you want to gain their approval; but with all your heart do what God wants, as slaves of Christ.

Ephesians 6:6GNBOpen in Bible reader

23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for human beings.

Colossians 3:23GNBOpen in Bible reader

One of the most common topics emerging from readers’ e-mails are challenges in the workplace. How does one stay positive, shining God’s light in times of unfair retrenchment, a disciplinary hearing against you or when you are struggling to find work, even though you’ve sent out a large number of CVs? Also, how can we prevent a work environment, filled with gossip, difficult colleagues or where you are the only believer and sometimes experience scorn for it, to get the better of us?

Here are three tips from God’s Word:


Every day we are confronted with a large number of decisions in the workplace. How much easier would it be if we had God’s wisdom when making decisions? In James 1:5 we read: “If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” In Proverbs 3:5-6 it is written: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” And in Isaiah 30:21 we find the promise: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ ” Not only does God want to protect us from making wrong decisions, He wants to guide us in making right ones.

In Hebrews 4:13 we read: “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.” In Deuteronomy 25:15-16 we read: “For the Lord your God detests anyone who … deals dishonestly.” When we start living with an awareness that God knows every thought and action in our lives, it becomes easier to try and act with integrity at all times, knowing that He will be glorified when we do it.

God is our true Employer. We will therefore have to give account before Him for everything we have done. In Ephesians 6:6 we read: “Obey them not only to win their favour when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.” And in Colossians 3:23 it is written: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

Let us remember that our actions speak louder than our words. The majority of our colleagues will know that we are Christians even if we never speak about it. Our actions, however, will either inspire or put an unbelieving or lukewarm colleague off from wanting to know God better, or totally refrain from it. Let us ask God to lead us by His Holy Spirit throughout the day to shed light, bring hope and inspire others to get to know Him more intimately. God bless.

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