How could an event related in the Bible that took place almost three thousand years ago possibly help me resolve a difficult problem in my own life? I found out early in my work experience after becoming unhappy with a job I had held for about a year. An opening in another department at a higher paygrade looked very appealing, and a manager I knew had quietly encouraged me to apply for the position. It seemed an easy solution.
I had been raised in Christian Science but didn’t fully commit to this way of life until after college. By the time this predicament arose, I had already turned prayerfully to God in several challenging situations and had found the needed answers. I also had enough self-knowledge to realize that perhaps my motive in wanting to change jobs wasn’t what it should be. Was I just trying to run away?
I knew that the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, who was a devout student of the Scriptures, sometimes sought God’s guidance by opening the Bible with an honest desire to know His will, and then reading the verse or verses that stood out. Affirming that God’s guidance is never random, I picked up my Bible, which fell open to a story in chapter 22 of First Kings that relates an event in the lives of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, and Ahab, king of Israel.