A New Career

Under the best of circumstances, career planning can be a challenge. That’s because changing careers is often accompanied by a crisis.


“So he had his chariot made ready, and took his army with him; he took six hundred picked chariots and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt and he pursued the Israelites, who were going out boldly. The Egyptians pursued them, all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, his chariot drivers and his army; they overtook them camped by the sea, by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. (Exod 14:6-9; NRSV)

Imagine “the early days?” Imagine when Moses had to lead millions of Israelites from one career (Pharaoh’s slaves) to new careers in a new nation. Wow!

The Bible has a lot to say about jobs, work, and careers. Today, we’re looking at a hidden gem from Scripture that most of us have read before. It’s our focal verse (Exod 14:6-9; NRSV).

We underlined all the times in this passage where the word chariot is used. Now here’s the secret:

The root word in chariot is the same root word used in “career.” Using the word literally, a career is a vehicle that carries us through life.


Figuratively speaking, Moses and his band of Jewish brothers and sisters were being pursued by memories of their old careers and old ways of life. They were being called back to what they had hated or dreaded because it was also “known and comfortable.” And so it is with career changes today.

It doesn’t really matter if the circumstances and happenstance of your life have brought you to the edge of some deep water, like Moses, or if you’re retired and exploring an “encore career.’ God has not abandoned you, and you can trust Him.

If you’re a career advisor facing a new work day, expecting to be greeted by clients who have chariots behind them and angry seas ahead, you can help them — with God’s help.

Put your trust in God today —right now. He’ll take care of tomorrow when it arrives.


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. God has a plan and purpose for your life (Jer 29:11). Trust Him!

In Christ.

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