A Programmer’s Faith

I work in programming, specifically working on high velocity internet facing applications. People in my field work on problems and systems that are complex and their skills are highly sought after, so they tend to develop healthy egos and just a dose of arrogance! Typically, this arrogance can be helpful, as they need to have confidence in the work they do, enabling them to know it will perform as expected potentially 1’000s of times per second, while anticipating potential problems, security risks, useability issues, failure and many other issues… all while dealing with other people’s personal credit card details!

The reality is that programmers are people, who like all of us make mistakes. Only, a mistake on the live production system can get out of control very quickly if 100’s or 1000’s of users are trying to use it at the same time, and hitting a bug or issue in your system. Even when we do get it right, other systems we interact with may change tomorrow resulting in a critical issue, trusting in our own skills may still only get us so far.

Proverbs 28:26 says “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”

When such problems occur, many in my field rely on themselves and their team to get through it, and in the environment we work in, that can be stressful and difficult. I too have found myself in a similar position before, looking to my own strength, in the middle of a crisis.

Lately, my colleagues have commented on my calmness in these circumstances. As I approach work problem these days, I try to start by remining myself that God’s is my strength and rock, and it’s through his strength that I will succeed. I seek to start most days by at work by reminding myself that God will lead me through this day, and already knows I can handle it. As a result, when I hit hard problems at work, I find myself calm and able to focus because I trust God in everything I face. I seek to work hard in all I do, working with all my heart, because I know even as a programmer, I am working for the Lord and need to trust him to lead me in all I do (Col 3:23-24).

In whatever work God is calling you into today, how are you trusting in Him today?

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