“In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Pro 3:6)
What a great promise—a straight path, true, accurate, full of purpose and direction, with a sense of accomplishment. The required condition is surrender. Giving it all to God is a constant state, not a onetime event. We often see submission in a negative context, but here we learn that its outcome is positive and beneficial.
This is particularly true in business, where we are making decisions constantly and busy in a rapidly changing environment. Pause, take a moment, and submit your situation to God. You will be surprised by how straight that path can be.
Quick Prayer: I submit all I am doing to You, Lord. Amen.
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.” (Matthew 25:14)
The resources that we have as individuals, and in companies that we own, or work for, are merely entrusted to us. We don’t really own them; they are on loan to us. A return is required, both in physical and spiritual terms. Are we good stewards, do we exercise wisdom and reject the sense of entitlement that so often pervades our thinking?
It is an honor to serve the King and do deal well and wisely with all He has entrusted into our care.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you for entrusting me with so much.” 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
“Gossips betray a confidence, but the trustworthy keep a secret.” (Proverbs 11:13)
Gossip is described in Scripture as a “choice morsel,” and often it is. Perhaps it is a juicy bit of gossip only a few know. Or maybe we have been entrusted with a secret, a confidence has been entrusted to us. How do we respond?
This is an important question because our ability to keep a secret speaks to our character. Being a person of integrity with an ability to be trusted makes us a safe place. When we are trusted, what we say is listened to. It takes a lot to build trust and only a single event to destroy it.
Our reputations are intrinsically intertwined with the reputation of Him Whom we serve. When we let ourselves down, we tarnish God’s reputation because we declare Him as our Lord.
Quick Prayer. “Please help me to be trustworthy Lord.” Amen
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
How often do we take circumstances and try to figure out the meaning. We look at our business or things that happen and can’t make sense of them.
An infinite God has a different perspective. How do we ever expect to understand him? We won’t. His ways are not our ways, his thoughts not our thoughts. Sometimes we need to understand that we won’t understand and just……trust.
Often just as we think we have God in a box, and understand Him, things change and the mystery continues. It is just a part of our walk with God. Why don’t we just let God be God, we don’t always have to understand.
Quick Prayer. “I will trust you.” Amen
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17)
If the Global Financial Crisis taught us anything, it was that wealth is indeed fleeting, and uncertain, and not to be relied on for security. We need to put our hope and trust in God. It is He that is our security, He that is our salvation, He that is our protector and provider. to put our trust in anything else is not only foolish it is idolatrous. We have a loving heavenly Father who has covenented with us to provide all our needs and give us the desires of our hearts.
Quick Prayer. “I put my hope and trust in you Jesus.” Amen