“And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the royal park, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall and for the residence I will occupy?” And because the gracious hand of my God was on me, the king granted my requests.” (Nehemiah 2:8)
I like this Scripture because it says two things. Here was an audacious request for resources, but the answer was due to the gracious hand of God. This is the essence of what it is to walk with God in the marketplace—hearing from God, moving with passion and big goals, asking for favor, and seeing the hand of God move and work miracles in provision and outcomes.
Nehemiah was under no illusion about who is accomplishing the task and gave due credit to His Lord. Yet his hand was on the plough, working hard to achieve all he believed God was asking him to do.
Quick Prayer. “Give me the courage to dare to ask and watch your favor.” Amen
“the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.” (Genesis 39:21)
The Lord showed him kindness and favor. Which of us would not want more of that? We who are called to His purposes and surrendered to His will are able to solicit His favor. That can be manifest in many ways. Resistance can fall away, the hearts of those who oppose us can shift, and we can expect favor from those in authority over us.
There is something about walking closely with God that creates an atmosphere. This can shift mindsets and circumstances. Sometimes just our presence in a place or situation can move opposition or bring resolution. This is no source of pride because it is not us; it is the Holy Spirit Who indwells us, and His anointing can literally move mountains.
Be bold. Why not seek His will and ask for His favor? You may be surprised by just how willing He is to move on your behalf to accomplish His will.
Quick Prayer. “I ask for your favor Father” Amen
“But Laban said to him, ‘If I have found favor in your eyes, please stay. I have learned by divination that the Lord has blessed me because of you.’” (Gen 30:27)
If you are born again, you have become a new creation. These are words we take for granted, but in a very real way, we are now different. Our spirits are now open, and the Holy Spirit indwells us.
In a very real and physical way, we bring the presence of God into our workplace. Regardless of your position at work, God is with you and wants to work through you.
Those around us will receive benefit and blessing just by being associated with us. Is that a source of pride? No, not really. It is probably more of a source of amazement. God will bless your workplace because you are there, if we allow Him to.
Quick Prayer: Bless those around me and the organization I work for. Amen.