“You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.” (Exo 18:18 NASB)
Are you working long hours, tired, irritable, and not spending enough time with your family? This is not compulsory for success. God has said that His burden is light and that He has come so that we may life—life to the fullest.
God will provide you with the resources you need to accomplish the task He has set for you. Are there people in your business you are not delegating to? Do you need to be across all that detail? Can you not trust those around you? If your view is that if you want something done, you have to do it yourself, then stop because you are on the road to trouble, both for yourself and for those around you.
Look at what you have to do, and give away all you can. If you trust others to deliver, you may well be surprised at the outcome—in a good way.
Be very clear on your desired outcome. Make sure your employees are well resourced, and let them loose. You may well be unlocking their God-given talent. The people you always wanted may already be with you.
Quick Prayer: Lord, help me unload what You never intended me to carry. Amen.
“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks; give careful attention to your herds.” (Pro 27:23)
Whether we are in business, have some authority in the work place, or just have financial oversight over our own income, one thing is very important. In the business of work and life, we can get carried away with all we are doing.
How is your financial state? Do you know what you spend and what your costs are? Do you know what your future requirements may be? Are your investments wisely placed? Are you putting away enough to retire? Are you reducing your debt?
In short, what is coming in, what is going out, and how much do you have? Discipline and robust management of our finances personally or in business can be a painful process to monitor, but monitor it we should.
Quick Prayer: Let my books be in order as a reflection of Your order. Amen.
“However, there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you.” (Deuteronomy 15:4)
Hang on that can’t be right surely. If we have God’s blessing there will be no poverty. He will richly provide for all our needs and for those around us. It is God’s heart that there be no poverty. Let’s bear in mind the heart of God.
Here is an unpopular question for you; how much of what God has given us have we set aside to meet the needs of the poor. We are rich beyond all measure if we take a global view. Are we eating the bread He destined to provide for others?
Quick Prayer. “Help me to reach out in your way Lord.” Amen
“All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the LORD had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring.” (Job 42:11)
What! God causing trouble? I am not sure that fits in with my “come-to-Jesus-and-everything-will-be-okay” theology. Unfortunately God is bigger than our image of Him or our attempts to put Him in a box. We may have experienced and adopted the milk of the word; well, this one is more like the broccoli—probably good for you but not a great experience.
The Lord will allow all sorts of things to befall us. We need to understand the difference between what needs to be submitted to and endured, what needs our persistence to overcome, and that which is an attack to repel. To get that level of understanding, we need an ongoing relationship with God to lead and guide us. If the experience of trouble has been sanctioned from heaven, learn well and surrender fast. It’s a much easier journey.
Quick Prayer. “If it is you that has allowed this trouble, help me to endure and learn well.” Amen
“Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.” (Job 41:11)
Have you ever been in a situation where you are arguing with God? Do you question His will and wisdom? Are you slow to respond to His prompting or argue the answer to a prayer that may be no, when you wanted yes. Perhaps He treats others in a way you want to be treated, or you expect Him to do one thing when He does another.
Step back for a moment and think of just how crazy that is. How asinine, how ridiculous. We are the created, He is the creator, we have limited vision, He has unlimited knowledge and understanding. Perhaps if we argued less, gave up resisting and moved quickly to agree and be obedient, we would see much more of the fruit we desire in our lives.
Quick Prayer. “Forgive me for arguing and not getting on with doing your will.” Amen
“This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.” (Rom 13:6)
Taxes are not one of my favorite things. I am sure not many look forward to tax time and to paying their dues. The temptation to cut corners and engage in evasive behavior can be strong.
God says we are to pay taxes when taxes are due, and this Scripture gives us a reason. He has appointed those over us to govern and be in authority. While we may question His wisdom in whom He has appointed, the message is clear.
God has appointed authorities, and we are to honor them and their authority by paying our taxes.
Quick Prayer: I commit to meeting my obligations in honor of Your Word to me, Lord. Amen.
“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. ‘It is written,’ he said to them, ‘“My house will be called a house of prayer,” but you are making it “a den of robbers.”’” (Mat 21:12–13)
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild. We have a tainted view of Jesus handed down and watered down by generations of religion. It is reflected in the imagery we use of a pale, clean, somewhat feminine portrayal of Jesus.
He was a Jewish carpenter, rugged and masculine. He also got angry yet did not sin. In this Scripture, He threw many people out of the temple, and I am sure they didn’t want to go and did not go quietly.
There is a place for anger and strong action—in particular here when He was jealous and zealous for His House.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that there is a righteous anger and that it applied to protecting Your house. Amen.
“The one who struck the blow will not be held liable if the other can get up and walk around outside with a staff; however, the guilty party must pay the injured person for any loss of time and see that the victim is completely healed.” (Exo 21:19)
God is a God of forgiveness, and when He forgives, we are forgiven completely. However, the consequences for our sin often still remain. Despite being forgiven, we may have outcomes that need to be addressed.
While we are not under the Law and do not need to make amends through a legalistic framework, we still have a duty to show acts in keeping with repentance. These are not to gain forgiveness but are evidence of it being received.
We can’t ask God for forgiveness and then ignore the impact of our sin. We have a duty to take care of addressing the consequences in gratefulness for the forgiveness we have freely received.
Quick Prayer: May I make restitution as You lead, Holy Spirit. Amen.