“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.
“The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, ‘Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.’” (2 Kin 4:1)
My God is a generous God. He does supply all my needs. But if I squander his provision, if I am flippant with His generosity, or if I do not have an attitude of stewardship, I will quickly live beyond my means.
The temptation to keep up with the Joneses is a strong one. We live in a material world where we are continually bombarded with messages of the new and the greatest.
While God is fully aware of the society in which we live and what we need to partake in society and be effective, must be careful to be wise with what He has given us. The price we can pay for being out of control and falling into the hands of creditors is too high.
Quick Prayer: I know there is a price to pay for living outside my means. Give me wisdom. Amen.
“She went and told the man of God, and he said, ‘Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.’” (2 Kin 4:7)
There is a spiritual principle that affects our physical existence; we reap what we sow. What we put in, we get out. Often the type of seed we sow is the fruit we reap. These things are the provision of God. Sometimes He goes abundantly beyond all we can think.
When it has all gone horribly wrong and what we have feared has come to pass, God is still able to provide. He may well provide in a truly supernatural fashion. He can open doors no man can shut. He can provide in ways we cannot even imagine. He can provide a way when there is no way.
Let’s not forget that He is an omnipotent God. He is the Creator of all things, and He is without limit. He is bigger than our need, and He can and will provide.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You can provide supernaturally. Amen.
“Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.” (Pro 20:18)
How often do you think you know best? Often we only think we are right because we haven’t heard anything better. Perhaps there is a better way.
When we are embarking on a new venture, making a new plan, or moving in a new direction, there is wisdom in seeking the advice of others. It is pride or haste that stops us from seeking the wisdom of others. When we are reliant on ourselves, we are guaranteed to make the mistakes that others have already made.
There is often wisdom in the collective reasoning of a team of close advisers. Many brains are better than one. When we look at a problem or opportunity from a number of different perspectives, the conclusions we draw are more complete.
Quick Prayer: Keep me open to the guidance of others, Lord. Amen.
“Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said.” (Exo 18:24)
Don’t try to do it all yourself. Do you really think you know it all? God has placed around us people with wisdom, experience, understanding, and insight. Why not take the time to seek some advice?
Take the time to seek godly counsel. You will be glad you did.
If you don’t have these kinds of people around you, seek them out. Ask God to provide you with people who will help you in your walk with Him.
Quick Prayer: Lord, help me to be humble and take Godly advice. Amen.
“To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his.” (Job 12:13)
We are plugged into the one Who knows everything. There is nothing He doesn’t know. He’s never surprised by anything that happens. In Him is all power. All counsel and all understanding are his.
Why, oh why, do we not call on the resources available to us more often? He is Almighty God. He is for us and not against us. He’s vitally and intimately interested in all you do at work.
Call on Him today, and see His wisdom, power, counsel, and understanding impact you and your workplace.
Quick Prayer: You are the fount of all wisdom and counsel. Lord, help me in my hour of need. Amen.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa 9:6)
There is so much in this one small Scripture. A child is born, a Son is given, the great gift of God. He has authority and rule, and we are called to be subject to Him.
He is described by the Holy Spirit as being a Wonderful Counselor. He is described as the mighty God Creator. He is described as the everlasting Father and the true Son of the Prince of Peace—a wonderful and complete explanation of the Trinity and the aspects of God.
The added bonus is that the Holy Spirit is our counselor, and we walk with Him every day. Here’s something truly wonderful—that creativity can flow through us.
Quick Prayer: Thank You that You are a Wonderful Counselor. Amen.