No Good

“‘It’s no good, it’s no good!’ says the buyer—then goes off and boasts about the purchase.” (Pro 20:14)

This is such a true proverb. Whenever I have been involved in negotiations in business, I have often seen this behavior. God understands the motives and behaviors of men.

It is good to know that God has our best in mind. When you are involved in any kind of negotiation or deal, why not ask for His wisdom and insight? You may be surprised by the outcome.

God is interested in the outcome because it impacts us, His children. When we ask for His involvement, He is always there to be a part of what we are doing. God is often left out because we think He is not interested in some part of our lives. He is enormously interested in every aspect of our work life—even deals.

Quick Prayer: Give me Your wisdom in the deal please, Lord. Amen.

Negotiate

“Laban said to him, ‘Just because you are a relative of mine, should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wages should be.’” (Gen 29:15)

There is nothing wrong in negotiating. Don’t mistake humility with vulnerability. We are not called to be doormats while we love and serve those around us. If you provide a valuable service or product, ensuring you are well rewarded is an important part of unlocking resources for you and those around you.

Likewise if you are a skilled worker who does a great job serving God with integrity and excellence, ensure you are well rewarded and compensated for your productivity. Linking outcomes to reward is a great way to ensure a share of advantage and blessing. Ask God for insight and favor before you negotiate; He may well surprise you with the outcome.

Quick Prayer: Give me wisdom in my negotiation and a boldness to ask. Amen.

Take Advantage?

“If you sell land to any of your own people or buy land from them, do not take advantage of each other.” (Lev 25:14)

Usually in a deal, one side has an advantage—not always but quite often. The willing buyer and willing seller always have hidden agendas and motivations. While these are usually hidden, sometimes they are not. There may be financial or situational stress causing one party to be vulnerable. It may be a transaction between parties that have a hierarchical relationship or other emotional leverage.

What are we to do in such circumstances? Are we to take the purely commercial view? It is after all a dog-eat-dog world, right? Yes, that is right, but we who have been lifted out of a hopeless situation when we had no leverage should show the mercy we have been shown. Don’t take advantage, and let God bless the outcome.

Quick Prayer: Help me to always deal fairly, Lord. Amen.