It was pride that changed angels into devils; it's humility that makes men as angels. –St. Augustine
It just wouldn't be right to talk about "personal exiles" without talking about work. Work is a huge part of our life, and when it turns bad, it can be really bad. Maybe you arrive on time every day, you diligently take care of your responsibilities, and yet you're repeatedly passed over for promotions and raises.
Maybe your supervisor speaks poorly of you, takes advantage of you, and takes you for granted. On top of everything, maybe he or she takes credit for all of your hard work! You're dying for the day when you can leave, but you can't. You signed a contract. You have bills to pay. Perhaps your boss is a close friend of your family or (even harder) a relative. You are caught up in the personal exile of the "impossible boss." But God says He will bring justice, for He is a just God:
He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither, and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff. – Isaiah 40:23-24
We have seen this passage played out time and time again, as puffed-up people rise to the surface of the headlines across the globe. These folks consider themselves larger than life, but God says, "Be gone," and they disappear off the scene. God says, "Caesar who? Alexander the what? Napoleon who? Hitler who? Stalin who? Idi Amin who? Saddam Hussein who?"
The Lord reduces the dictators, kings, and rulers of this world to nothing (not that your boss is in the same category as all of the people on my list, but…). If you think your boss is greater than your God, remember how your heavenly Father reduces conceited leaders and humbles them in His time.
We know how it will all end. But the Bible also says to pray for those who oppose us. Perhaps God will use you to soften and change their hearts. Wouldn't that be a fantastic end to your personal exile?
Dear Jesus, as I walk down the path of this personal exile, my heart is glad that I am not alone. I know that You are with me. I can do all things through the strength which You provide. Please grant me the power to endure my situation at work and use me to glorify Your name. Amen.
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