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Spiritual Short

Grateful for Gamaliel

From the July 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Years ago, I’d been quite upset at work. There had been a change in management and I wasn’t happy with how our work was being handled. After one particularly hard day, when I felt that all I’d done was bump heads with my manager, I called a Christian Science practitioner to support me prayerfully. I told him that I hated my job. I can’t remember now what he said to me, but I certainly remember what happened after I hung up. 

I immediately thought of the words of Gamaliel in the book of Acts in the Bible. Gamaliel, a respected Pharisee, was at a turbulent meeting where they were discussing what to do about the followers of Christ Jesus. His wise counsel was, “Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God” (5:38, 39). 

Did I want to “fight against” God, who is good? That was a definite no! And could I wait to see how the work issues would be sorted out, trusting that if something wasn’t right, there would be an adjustment because God was in charge? Yes! It was my job to trust God and be faithful to Him. With that, the resentment, anger, and unhappiness with my manager disappeared. 

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