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PROBATION PERIOD

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Text: Psalm 75:6

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

Reflection.

Many of us may be perplexed as to why today’s topic is titled “Probation Period.” While some people may be familiar with the words, others might not be. The majority of my readers, especially those who have ever worked for an organization, should be familiar with what a probationary period entail.

Let’s examine the word probation from the standpoint of the dictionary. Probation is the procedure or time frame used to evaluate, for example, a new employee’s abilities or character in a particular role. When they first started working for the company, most new employees probably heard this from their human resources representative: “For an initial period of probation, your manager will closely monitor your progress.”

Now, during these probationary periods, you are expected to behave well, be on time, and make significant commitments. Since your actions are being watched, you wouldn’t want to adopt a negative attitude that would prevent you from being an option after the probationary period. With my years of working and going through these probationary periods, I’ve noticed that many employees pretend to be proactive and dedicated but end up revealing their true selves to their bosses after being hired.

In actuality, I watched an African film from the “Nollywood” industry. A well-off young manager in that movie had a secretary. The manager decided to propose to the single secretary after becoming friends with her for part of her six-month probation because she had been so devoted and committed to her work during that time. They eventually wed and moved in together as a married couple. The woman who had so much work became so lazy at home by neglecting to clean or take care of domestic duties.

Additionally, her husband questioned her about the abrupt change. That he believed she would be devoted to her home because she was so energetic and committed to her job. Guess what this woman said in response! I only pretended to be something I’m not, she claimed, in order to get the job. She went on to say that most workers behave in the same way, particularly when looking for work or trying to get past their probationary period, to her husband. When they finally get what they want, they turn and reveal their true selves. This is true for both young men and women who during their relationships pretend to be someone they are not. This has become the norm, which explains why there may be many divorces after a while of marriage.

Here is Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Psalm 75:6- “It comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. He mentions not the north; the same word that signifies the north, signifies the secret place; and from the secret of God’s counsel, it does come. From God alone all must receive their doom.”

Additionally, here is what I believed! No matter where you stand in your relationship with God, every believer is subject to a trial period. God wouldn’t put his trust in a man unless He had first tested him and given him a chance. Before designating you as a member of His kingdom’s staff, He looks to see if you exhibit some characteristics that he hopes you will. Some of you might be perplexed by the current course of events. Don’t worry—you are still in your probationary period and once it is over, you will receive a double promotion that does not originate in the east, west, north, or south. You may have to endure during your probation (moments of test) periods because only God can give you such promotion.

In order to receive limitless promotion from our good Lord, I implore you to hold out until the end. Additionally, it’s possible that some of you will complete your probation and take over your lead roles.

Prayer.

Dear Lord, please, give us the grace to endure during our probation periods, Amen.

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God bless you……

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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