You’ve heard it said before….”It’s not what you know but who you know”
I think it’s both, with emphasis on the “who” but just as important is the “what”.
Recently my husband was disappointed to find out that he had been passed over for a position that he applied for in the company he works for. I tried to bite my tongue and listen with the ears and heart of a loving wife. But what I so wanted to say (and finally did) was that God has something better for him.
When a person gets a position that several people were battling for, what do you typically hear from the ones not chosen? “He got the job because of who he knows.” That statement used to make me bristle because I saw it as they were not giving credit to that other person’s qualifications plus it sounded like their mouths are full of bitter grapes.
However in this case my husband said that the management already knew who they wanted in the position, but that they still had to go through the proper procedure. Maybe so, maybe not…I really believe that if God wanted him to be in that position, he would have gotten the job regardless of what management wanted.
Could a person secure job because they know God? Does God show favor to those who know Him? I know so…
O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Psalm 143:1
On the other hand, since he didn’t get the job I know without a doubt it is because of who he knows, isn’t that a glorious revelation?
So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart with me is dismayed. Psalm 143:4
Since my husband does know God, he should not be disappointed knowing that God has another direction for his life.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8
Remember too, that it still has a lot to do with what you know, God’s promise to rescue and to lead you, that gets you through the disappointment.
Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:9-10
Yes…it really is “who” you know and your faith in Him.