“She went and told the man of God, and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.’” (2 Kin 4:7)
There is a spiritual principle that affects our physical existence; we reap what we sow. What we put in, we get out. Often the type of seed we sow is the fruit we reap. These things are the provision of God. Sometimes He goes abundantly beyond all we can think.
When it has all gone horribly wrong and what we have feared has come to pass, God is still able to provide. He may well provide in a truly supernatural fashion. He can open doors no man can shut. He can provide in ways we cannot even imagine. He can provide a way when there is no way.
Let’s not forget that He is an omnipotent God. He is the Creator of all things, and He is without limit. He is bigger than our need, and He can and will provide.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You can provide supernaturally. Amen.
“When the neighboring peoples bring merchandise or grain to sell on the Sabbath, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on any holy day. Every seventh year we will forgo working the land and will cancel all debts.” (Neh 10:31)
We sometimes forget that our economy is not necessarily built on godly principles. While I truly believe that the democratic free-market capitalist system is as good as it gets, there are certain godly principles that are not inherent in the way we do commerce.
In the ancient world, there was a seven-year cycle of forgiving debts. What a wonderful demonstration of forgiveness and grace and mercy. What an acknowledgment that all belongs to God.
We have been forgiven much. Let’s not forget where we were when God found us. We who have received mercy should be merciful.
Quick Prayer: Help me to be merciful with those who owe me money. Amen.
“Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” (Luke 7:42)
Those of us who know God are a privileged few. We are sinners saved by grace. Our sin has been washed away. We are clean, redeemed, and sanctified. We have the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Those who have been forgiven much will love much. We have been forgiven so much. How can we even begin to understand the depth of forgiveness that has been given to us who deserve no forgiveness?
How much more should we forgive those around us who sin against us?
Quick Prayer: Help me to forgive as You have forgiven me. Amen.
“One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor.” (Pro 17:18)
Someone, obviously of Jewish heritage, once said that a guarantor is just a schmuck with a pen. Perhaps this is a somewhat unkind designation, yet quite possibly the sentiment of this Jewish gentleman agrees with the Word of God.
Don’t put up security for a neighbor. If you have pledged for another, go now and unshackle yourself from potential disaster. Only you can meet the obligations you promise to another. You cannot guarantee the debts or behaviors of others.
God is quite clear; don’t be a schmuck.
Quick Prayer: Free me from pledges. Amen.
“My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.” (Pro 6:1–2)
The essence of this proverb occurs a number of times in Scripture. It’s obviously an important financial principle, particularly for those of us who are in business.
If we are in onerous contracts or agreements or have guaranteed another entity or person, we need to renegotiate. Don’t put off, don’t delay, and don’t get distracted or be put off by the inconvenience or how it may be perceived; go and get it changed.
The Bible describes it as a trap, that we have been ensnared by the words of our mouth. If it is God’s will that we not enter into such an agreement, He will give us a way of escape.
Quick Prayer: Give me favor to renegotiate where I need to please, Lord. Amen.
“Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.” (Pro 20:18)
How often do you think you know best? Often we only think we are right because we haven’t heard anything better. Perhaps there is a better way.
When we are embarking on a new venture, making a new plan, or moving in a new direction, there is wisdom in seeking the advice of others. It is pride or haste that stops us from seeking the wisdom of others. When we are reliant on ourselves, we are guaranteed to make the mistakes that others have already made.
There is often wisdom in the collective reasoning of a team of close advisers. Many brains are better than one. When we look at a problem or opportunity from a number of different perspectives, the conclusions we draw are more complete.
Quick Prayer: Keep me open to the guidance of others, Lord. Amen.
“Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.” (Exo 18:24)
Don’t try to do it all yourself. Do you really think you know it all? God has placed around us people with wisdom, experience, understanding, and insight. Why not take the time to seek some advice?
Take the time to seek godly counsel. You will be glad you did.
If you don’t have these kinds of people around you, seek them out. Ask God to provide you with people who will help you in your walk with Him.
Quick Prayer: Lord, help me to be humble and take Godly advice. Amen.
“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” (Job 12:13)
We are plugged into the one Who knows everything. There is nothing He doesn’t know. He’s never surprised by anything that happens. In Him is all power. All counsel and all understanding are his.
Why, oh why, do we not call on the resources available to us more often? He is Almighty God. He is for us and not against us. He’s vitally and intimately interested in all you do at work.
Call on Him today, and see His wisdom, power, counsel, and understanding impact you and your workplace.
Quick Prayer: You are the fount of all wisdom and counsel. Lord, help me in my hour of need. Amen.