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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Talker.

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (Pro 14:23)

I have plenty of things I am going to get around to. If I talk about them for years, they still won’t get done. It is only when we stop talking and start doing that we make progress.

Our words have to translate into action to be effective. If you want to talk about the latest idea, project, business model, or whatever, put timeframes into the discussion. This can help you crystalize a plan and start to progress to action.

It is a lot easier to talk than to work. It is the easier option. It is hard work that brings a profitable result. Talk without action leads only to more talk and no outcome.

Quick Prayer: I will do what I say and prevaricate less. Amen.

Work Works

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (Jam 2:17)

Our faith is important to us. It defines who we are and what we believe. Yet if it is not translated into actions, it is worthless, or as James, with his usual subtlety, puts it, dead.

This is as true at work as it is in church or in helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves. It is not only about giving; it is about being or even more correctly, about doing. There is no escaping this fundamental truth: our faith has to compel us into action if it is real. Without works, our faith is not real. A question for us all to consider is this: what do I do at work that demonstrates my faith?

Quick Prayer: I commit to working hard, Lord. Amen.