Good fear.

“Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.” (Psalms 34:9)

Is God some big overbearing parent that needs to be appeased? Is He a harsh taskmaster that demands obedience and waits to punish any error? No, no and no. We serve a loving heavenly Father who sent His only son to die in our place. There is no greater love, than His for us.

Yet He remains the creator of the universe, whose footstool is the earth. He spoke all that is into being with a word. He has always been, omnipotent and omnipresent. Our small minds cannot begin to image His overwhelming size, power and strength.

So lets not let His love cloud our awe and sense of fear. That holy fear that is based in respect and acknowledgement of who He really is. 

Quick Prayer. “I am in awe of you Lord.” Amen

Need more understanding?

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)

I don’t know about you but I could do with more understanding. In particular an understanding that comes from the revelation of listening to the Holy Spirit. He is waiting to be invited into your business and wants to walk with you, guiding, leading, empowering and bringing understanding.

Let’s not relegate God’s wisdom and our understanding to a seemingly sacred context. Being vitally interested in our vocation, our calling at work, He is always willing to give insight. Invite Him into your business world again today.

Quick Prayer. “Help me to walk closely with you Holy Spirit.” Amen

How do I get knowledge?

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)

What is knowledge? Is it just the accumulation of facts or something deeper? In my view it needs to be applicable to have any value. The fear of God is described as the beginning of knowledge, the foundation of understanding. This is not just some etherial understanding of God but a practical knowledge that is applicable in the real world, in our everyday existence at work.

If wisdom is to develop we need to know that God is God and that his word is revelation. If you want knowledge go to God and read his word and ask his Spirit to reveal its treasures to you. Do this and you will have knowledge, instruction and wisdom.

Quick Prayer. “Help me to respect your word, for Your sake.” Amen

What Will Happen Tomorrow?

“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (Jam 4:14)

Worry is an insidious emotion. It can get a grip of us and cause us not to sleep and to be concerned for things that may be far into the future. Often they are circumstances that have not occurred and never will.

We have so little control over our lives as it is that self-determination is quite an illusion. When you look from an eternal perspective, we are as the Word says—merely a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. So what should our reaction be to this truth? Why not enjoy today, this moment, while it lasts and learn to enjoy the journey as much as the destination?

Quick Prayer: Thank You for today. Amen.

Authority

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” (Eph 6:5)

Who do you work for? We all have bosses, boards, shareholders, managers, or others in authority over us. Regardless of our role, we are all responsible to someone.

Some of us may have unreasonable, over-demanding, or overbearing people in authority over us; others are kind, responsible, and approachable leadership. Regardless of who our oversight is or how they operate, we have a clear guideline as to how to treat them: with respect and sincerity. That is not easy in our sometimes-tough commercial existence. How can we do that with genuine sincerity and true respect?

The key for me is the motivation of our hearts. We are to treat those in authority over us as we would treat Jesus. Would we be motivated, loyal, trustworthy, honest, hardworking, excellent, and go the extra mile for our living Savior? Then we are to treat those He puts in authority over us in the same way.

Quick Prayer: I work for You, Jesus. Amen.