“At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the LORD.” (Zephaniah 3:20)
God is in the restoration business. He can and does restore hearts, lives, families, and fortunes. He can restore your business when all seems lost. Lives get changed when He is around.
Sometimes He can even restore before your very eyes healings, miracles, radical restoration, Godly reconstruction, and instant reconciliation. Nothing is beyond God’s ability to restore—no person, no business, and no situation.
The Bible is full of God “suddenly” doing something. Just when you least suspect it, just when it is at the seemingly lost point, God intervenes. He is never late, but He is, for whatever reason, very rarely early either; and our faith is stretched accordingly
Quick Prayer. “I pray for your restoration Jesus.” Amen
“therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” (2 Chronicles 1:12)
Now that is an impressive list. Is there anyone out there who wouldn’t like a piece of that blessing? Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge, and got wealth, possessions, and honor thrown in for free. I don’t think they were an addition, I think that maybe they were an outcome, a consequence of the first two. The wisdom and knowledge applied, led to honor wealth and possessions.
Yet wisdom and knowledge that leads to these outcomes was still a gift. Therefore they need to be spiritually discerned and received. It is our spiritual life that becomes manifest in our physical existence.
Our prayer life, insights and anointing will deliver a physical manifestation of Gods blessings and promises. Makes a brief quiet time more appealing doesn’t it.
Quick Prayer. “I pray for wisdom and knowledge, teach me your ways Lord.” Amen
“Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:12 )
If there is one truth in business that I have come to understand it is this: Do it God’s way, and let Him take care of the consequences. He is in control.
Sometimes in the cut and trust of a brutal commercial world we forget that truth. But He is, and always will be. His ways are not our ways. Sometimes we all need to stop, pray, and understand His way in a circumstance. Often it is the opposite of how we would implement or react. What will people say, will I miss out on that promotion, deal or sale? No; God is not only in control; it is also He who exalts, He who promotes, and He who allocates deals.
Plus you are given the strength to stand whilst waiting for the answer from heaven. Now that is a good deal!
Quick Prayer. “Funny though it sounds Lord, I am available to be exulted in your time.” Amen
“He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.” (1 Chr 29:28)
Here is a great example of what it means to be blessed. We don’t have to be super-spiritual about this. God understands we live in a physical world and have desires that have physical manifestations that are required to fulfill them.
Would long life, wealth, and honor be a reasonable definition of a successful life and the blessing of God? Perhaps we could add fulfilling relationships and good health to the list.
Whatever we would consider a blessing that would be a desire of our heart and honoring to the God we serve is a request we can lay before the throne. Ask for a blessing today, not out of a sense that you are worthy, because none of us are, but out of a relationship with a heavenly Father Who would like to bless us.
Quick Prayer: Bless me, Lord. Amen.
“Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.” (Gen 41:42)
Who was it that put Joseph in charge of Egypt? Could a prisoner in jail really orchestrate his release, let alone his promotion to prime minister of all Egypt? Of course not; we all know it is only God who can move this way and promote a man to this kind of position and influence.
Just as God gave honor to Joseph, He can and will give honor to us as we serve Him in the marketplace. When we choose to go God’s way and be obedient and faithful to Him, we may pay a price.
Ultimately, though, God’s true purpose will show through because He honors His servants and those who are obedient to His calling. I am sure Joseph would have preferred to miss out on the jail experience, but it all worked together for good.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for the level of honor and influence You have already placed on me. Amen.
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Cor 9:11)
I love to give. This is something I can take no pride in. It is something God has done in my heart over many years. I have learned the joy of generosity as I have seen the fruit of sowing into people’s lives.
God will ensure that we are enriched so we can be generous. What do you have in your hand? Is it just a little? Ask God to show you a need, and meet it. Joy will fill your heart, and He will be honored.
Quick Prayer: Show me how to be generous in every way, and open my heart to give freely. Amen.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mat 6:21)
We honor God by serving Him and being faithful to what He has called us to. Those of us in the marketplace have a responsibility to honor Him in all the arenas of life.
Our focus should always be on Him. Our focus is driven by our priorities, and our priorities are driven by our hearts. Our hearts will shape and mold our behaviors by what is truly important to us.
This Scripture says that our hearts, and therefore our motivations and behaviors, are driven by where our treasure is. What is our treasure? It obviously has financial implications, but I think it goes beyond just money. Our treasure is all that is important to us. If we invest time, relationships, and finances into the Kingdom of God, that is where our hearts will be.
Quick Prayer: Keep my heart and my resources focused on Your kingdom, Lord. Amen.