“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.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)
There is so much in this one small Scripture. A child is born, a Son is given, the great gift of God. He has authority and rule, and we are called to be subject to Him.
He is described by the Holy Spirit as being a Wonderful Counselor. He is described as the mighty God Creator. He is described as the everlasting Father and the true Son of the Prince of Peace—a wonderful and complete explanation of the Trinity and the aspects of God.
The added bonus is that the Holy Spirit is our counselor, and we walk with Him every day. Here’s something truly wonderful—that creativity can flow through us.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You are a Wonderful Counselor. Amen.
“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.” (Psa 16:7)
If you are an entrepreneur or an ideas person, you may sometimes be called a dreamer. Perhaps you are a contemplative person and maybe this label applies to you also. Take it as a compliment.
God can talk to us through our dreams. Even at night He can impact our lives. If you have a dream, take it to Him, and ask Him what it means. God can guide us during the day and talk to us during the night. The Bible is full of people who heard God in dreams. Don’t limit the way that He will talk to you.
Quick Prayer: Guide me through dreams, Lord. I expect to hear You in this way. Amen.
“The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” (Deu 28:13)
Wow! What a promise. We will always be at the top, never at the bottom. We will be at the head, not the tail. That means we are the initiators. We are the ones who will dictate terms. We are the ones in control. We are leaders, not followers. Is that our experience? It is not mine—not all the time.
So what is the condition of the promise? We will be the head if we pay attention to the commands of the Lord and carefully follow them. If we do this and stand in faith, we will receive all that God has for us. We will no longer be pushed around by circumstances but living in victory.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that I am the head and not the tail. Amen.
“However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.” (Deuteronomy 15:4)
Hang on that can’t be right surely. If we have God’s blessing there will be no poverty. He will richly provide for all our needs and for those around us. It is God’s heart that there be no poverty. Let’s bear in mind the heart of God.
Here is an unpopular question for you; how much of what God has given us have we set aside to meet the needs of the poor. We are rich beyond all measure if we take a global view. Are we eating the bread He destined to provide for others?
Quick Prayer. “Help me to reach out in your way Lord.” Amen