Why Worry?

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25)

We are human aren’t we? We who profess to be spiritually minded actually struggle with all manner of things. The pull of this world and its cares is strong. Jesus us said, don’t worry about it, I’ve got it covered.

The phrase “don’t worry be happy”, may be flippant, but has more than a passing dose of truth in it. Do we trust our heavenly Father to provide? By worrying we are saying that we don’t.

We need to discipline our minds, and talk to our spirits, reassuring them that God is in control, and will provide for our every need. We should focus on what He is concerned with, the advancement of His Kingdom. Seek these things, and let Him worry about what we will wear, what we will eat, and dare I say, what we will drive, and where we will live?

Quick Prayer. “Forgive me for worry.” Amen

Eaten your words recently?

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)

You are what you say. God spoke the world into being and we are created in His image. how many have been damaged by having negative words spoken over them by a parent, teacher or minister?

Describing the tongue as having the power of life or death is about as strong a term as you could use. God is obviously placing a massive emphasis on the importance of what say, so therefore, so should we!

Watch what you say, be measured in your words, encourage, build up and edify those around you and yourself. You will inhabit the world created by your words.

Quick Prayer. “Help me to be aware of my words and the power they hold.” Amen

Not Even a Hint

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” (Eph 5:3)

We are all sexual beings, and at work we spend a lot of time with others. There is always temptation and relationship risk when we work closely with others.

Where should we place the boundaries to protect ourselves and our partners? God places the line way back beyond where we might think. There should not even be a hint of immorality—not even the slightest innuendo or flirt.

When you take care of the way it looks, you actually take care of the way it is. If it can be interpreted wrongly, then give it a wide berth. Too many have succumbed to a workplace affair. If you are in danger of being snared, then flee before it is too late.

Quick Prayer: Protect my virtue, give me wisdom, and keep me pure. Amen.

Women in Business

“She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.” (Pro 31:16)

Jesus was, and is, one of the greatest liberators of women in history—so much so that early writings see the ‘Christian Way’ as a political movement rather than a religious one. A key reason for this was the empowerment of women. In the society of the time, women were regarded as little more than chattels.

The clearest example we have of a great businessperson in the Bible is the Proverbs 31 woman. Here is a wonderful example of wisdom, application, diligence, and fiscal responsibility.

God is definitely into having women in business, so let’s not get in His way with some of our religiosity. There is no glass ceiling in God’s economy; He will exalt women into leadership roles if they allow Him to do so.

Quick Prayer: I will honor women as You did, Jesus. Amen.

Timing

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecc 3:1)

We all have desires in our hearts we would like to see fulfilled. Many of these are God given to help propel us to where we need to be, but there are multiple parts to every call that may be on our lives.

There is a time to sow where we prepare and invest time, money, and effort in getting ourselves ready and equipped. There is a time of winter where absolutely nothing seems to happen. We just have to wait in expectation of spring. Then we move into all He has for us, and we have to put aside what we will need to sow for the next season and reap the reward of our labors.

What we are and more importantly what we do has a specific timeframe. If we leave too early, we will only fail. If we discern the season, we will act appropriately. There is no point in trying to reap in winter or plant in summer.

Quick Prayer: Show me the when as well as the what. Amen.

Saving

“The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. (Pro 21:20)

Fiscal management has some foundational principles. None is more fundamental that putting aside some of what we earn for a rainy day.

It doesn’t get more basic that the wisdom of saving, yet most people in our consumer-driven, materialistic culture spend, spend, spend. Credit cards get maxed, and debt is rife. Just because society behaves in a particular way doesn’t mean we have to comply, despite the pressure to do so.

It is the wise who store up and the foolish who gulp their food down. What a strange but apt description of the consumption of what should be put aside. It speaks to me of greed and the carnal nature—something we all need to guard against.

Quick Prayer: Lord, please help me save. Amen.

Inevitability

“In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, ‘This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.’” (Isa 38:1)

There is one thing we will all face regardless of who we are or what we do. It is the great inevitability of it that gives it the absoluteness of perfect certainty; it is going to happen.

Are you prepared to die? First, do you have absolute assurance that you will be welcomed into heaven? Only Jesus can get you there, so make your peace with Him now if you need to get right with God.

Physically have you prepared your family for your passing? Have a will and insurance in place as well as whatever financial and organizational preparation is required. We don’t want to think about such things, but we need to prepare for the certainty.

Quick Prayer: One day I will be with You. I will make sure I am prepared and have provided for those left behind. Amen.

Slander

“Do not slander a servant to their master, or they will curse you, and you will pay for it.” (Pro 30:10)

There is something in human nature that finds satisfaction or even delight in gossip, slander, and having a good whine. Today take a listen to the conversations at work and see how often this is the case. If you want a shock, listen to how much you do it yourself.

There is a price we pay when we operate in this way and give into our human natures. It poisons our ability to see clearly regarding the person in question. Our insight and clarity diminish as we cloud out God’s thoughts with the words we speak.

We also run a risk that others will repeat what we say and that it will eventually reach the ears of others. If we wish to be deemed trustworthy, we have to avoid slander so that it doesn’t come back to get us.

Quick Prayer: Keep me free of slander, Jesus. Amen.