Calamities.

“Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?” (Lamentations 3:38)

Hard times from God, I am not sure I want to hear that. Surely a loving Father would not allow such things to happen. Yet His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts. He has eternal things in mind we focus on the temporal.

Our surrender to God is not only an invitation for Him to come in, but a willingness to let Him be Lord, here and now, in the good and the bad. But let us not forget the life after this one, a future with Him, a heaven to gain and a hell to avoid. His free gift is eternal life, but it cost Him his son. His love for us in intimate and infinite; it is in the hard times that we truly learn to trust.

Quick Prayer. “Thank you for the good and hard times that can come form your hand Lord.” Amen

Love.

“Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.” (Proverbs 15:17)

Love is not a word we often use in a business context. Here we are talking about the price we sometimes pay to live a life with a few extras. Getting a balance in life where we know our priorities and see our responsibilities clearly can have a great impact.

We have a need to be loved and to love. Don’t let your work under the disguise of providing, destroy the very people you love. We are called to provide, and that goes well beyond the financials. We have responsibilities for ourselves, our immediate families, those around us, and the greater kingdom of God.

We need to look at our relationships for a holistic perspective in order to judge reasonably.

Quick Prayer. “I need balance in my  life to look after those I love, and I need your help to achieve it.” Amen

Been waiting for an answer?

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (Hebrews 6:10)

God has seen your faithfulness. He has seen all you have done and are doing. He will not forget your work. Your answer is coming. Daniel had to wait to see an answer that was dispatched the moment he prayed. We don’t understand how it all works or the mechanism of prayer, but we do know He is faithful.

He will watch over His Word to see that it is fulfilled. When we stand in agreement with His Word, we literally pull the promises from the spiritual into the physical. It is in our faith that the answers to prayer are born. This is what it means to have ‘Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”.

It is because of Who He is that we can count on Him. He is the full manifestation of all it is to be faithful. We put our trust in His character; He is not a man that He should lie. Your answer is on its way!

Quick Prayer. “Thank you for your faithfulness, and that you honour your word.” Amen

What is your position on giving?

“Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.(Luke 6:30)

It is easy to become paralyzed by the scam artists, the fraudster and the false beggars. Soon enough we won’t give to anyone for fear of being ripped of or swindled. Jesus had a novel approach. Let it go and just give.

I met a great Salvation Army man and asked him about this. His response was sure use some discernment, but he  would rather give to ten and be ripped off by nine, if it meant the genuine case was ministered to. What a refreshing view in a cynical world, and very much in line with Jesus suggestion, or was it an instruction?

Look for the opportunity to share Jesus’ love at work today. There will be at least one.

Quick Prayer. “Fill me with grace, to give and not judge.” Amen

Priorities?

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”(Matthew 6:33)

Chasing after all that worldly stuff? What shall I wear, what shall I eat?

Jesus said don’t worry; get busy with that which I have called you to do, and I will sort out all that other stuff. Make my work your priority and you won’t have to worry about all the things ungodly people fret about. That is a terrible paraphrase but the essence is true. As we get our focus on God’s priorities, our needs are met by a loving, providing God. He is indeed “El Shaddai”, the God of more than enough.

He is the one who made the stars with a word, the one who has every hair on your head numbered, the one who feeds the birds and provides the rain. He is not a man that He may lie, He will provide. Will you trust Him? Focus on His business and He will meet you needs, and give you the very desires of your heart!

Quick Prayer. “Help me to put you first in all I do.” Amen

Den of Robbers

“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.

 

Restitution

“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.

Order

“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” (1 Cor 14:40)

I quite like a bit of chaos—the thrill of chasing down a deadline and the adrenalin of everyone pulling out all stops to achieve a goal. It is probably not a positive trait, but it is partly how I am wired. If everything is too orderly, I feel uncomfortable.

However, I am not saying chaos is a good thing. We should have an orderly approach because this is a much more effective way of working. All things in order and in their correct place, while a little sterile, is definitely a better way to go.

There is a way that is fitting. This speaks to me of the correct way to do a particular task—one that is the best fit for the objective. In order to achieve that, we need to think about our approach and be a little less reactionary. I think that may be a Godly approach to business.

Quick Prayer: Help me bring some Spirit-led order to my business. Amen.