An individual niche and a divine purpose

True job satisfaction comes from the recognition that our purpose is to serve and glorify God.

The Bible tells us of a shepherd boy named David who rose to become king over his nation. This record can be especially heartening to those of us who may be caught in a web of circumstances that seem to prevent progress beyond some unfulfilling means of earning a living.

The Bible indicates that David, while still a shepherd, learned to turn to God to meet every challenge, and to expect his need to be met. He found his answers through spiritual guidance, steadfastly anchoring his faith in God's power to help him.

Among other things, David met a seasoned champion of an opposing army, Goliath of Gath, alone in battle. In response to the enemy's challenge he said, "Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied" (I Sam. 17:45). David knew God was with him, and this understanding gave him wisdom and strength to triumph over Goliath and the Philistines.

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