God Is in Control

God Is in Control

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” (Pro 16:9)

If we have given our lives to God, He will guide our paths. What a reassurance that He is indeed in control. So should we stop planning? No, of course not. But in our planning, let’s invite God to participate. He will anyway, so why not get an inside view? It can often be an easier journey.

We will plan and push out in a direction, but it is God who will establish our steps, God who will watch over the direction, and ultimately He who will determine the way. I take a lot of comfort in that.

Quick Prayer: Establish my steps according to Your Word, Lord. Amen.

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The Dedication of the Dedicated

The Dedication of the Dedicated

“Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” (Pro 16:3 NASB)

When you are making plans, please be careful. Invite God into what you are doing. He may well have a different agenda. Prayerfully consider any important decision, and seek the wise counsel of others.

Make a point of committing your works to God. Offer them up to Him in a specific way that you are comfortable with. Doing this will allow His blessing to fall and His wisdom to prevail. You will see opportunities you didn’t see before and be amazed at the way things begin to line up.

When times are tough, you will know God is with you as you have committed your business to Him.

Quick Prayer: Father, I once again commit my business to You. Lead me, guide me, and establish my plans according to Your will and Word.

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Women in Business

“She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.” (Pro 31:16)

Jesus was, and is, one of the greatest liberators of women in history—so much so that early writings see the ‘Christian Way’ as a political movement rather than a religious one. A key reason for this was the empowerment of women. In the society of the time, women were regarded as little more than chattels.

The clearest example we have of a great businessperson in the Bible is the Proverbs 31 woman. Here is a wonderful example of wisdom, application, diligence, and fiscal responsibility.

God is definitely into having women in business, so let’s not get in His way with some of our religiosity. There is no glass ceiling in God’s economy; He will exalt women into leadership roles if they allow Him to do so.

Quick Prayer: I will honor women as You did, Jesus. Amen.

Saving

“The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. (Pro 21:20)

Fiscal management has some foundational principles. None is more fundamental that putting aside some of what we earn for a rainy day.

It doesn’t get more basic that the wisdom of saving, yet most people in our consumer-driven, materialistic culture spend, spend, spend. Credit cards get maxed, and debt is rife. Just because society behaves in a particular way doesn’t mean we have to comply, despite the pressure to do so.

It is the wise who store up and the foolish who gulp their food down. What a strange but apt description of the consumption of what should be put aside. It speaks to me of greed and the carnal nature—something we all need to guard against.

Quick Prayer: Lord, please help me save. Amen.