Forums Focus: Biblical Business Principles – Relying on God’s Resources
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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Relying on God’s Resources (His Guidance). Is God’s guidance directing your big business decisions? What about your little day-to-day decisions?
This week we will finish focusing on Relying on God’s Resources. What do you do when it seems like God’s resources aren’t enough and everything seems to be failing?
There was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless, a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. Job 1:1 NLT Job was a very successful businessman. As recorded in the remainder of chapter 1, the bottom fell out of Job’s world. The man who had relied on God’s resources suddenly lost everything.
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground before God. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be stripped of everything when I die. The LORD gave me everything I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. Job 1:20-22 NLT Would you respond as Job did?
We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. Job is an example of a man who endured patiently. From his experience we see how the Lord’s plan finally ended in good, for he is full of tenderness and mercy. James 5:11 NLT We can and should rely on God’s resources, but if God’s resources met every need, there would be no suffering. The word testimony begins with the word test. Jobs friends gave him logical human advice. But, Job nor his friends knew the bigger spiritual battle that was happening in God’s presence.
Then Job replied to the LORD: “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You ask, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I. And I was talking about things I did not understand, things far too wonderful for me. “You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’ “I had heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” Job 42:1-6 NLT When things are happening that we don’t understand and God’s resources don’t seem to be enough, truly understanding who God is and who I am is key to passing the test. Think about the people you know who have suffered greatly but through it all continue praising the Lord. Why do their testimonies attract more people than the testimonies of people who have been seemingly living trouble free?
In business and life, rely on God’s resources of His Spirit, His Strength, His Faithfulness, His Peace, His Provision, His Help in Temptation, His Wisdom, and His Guidance; but most of all RELY ON GOD.
Bit of Wisdom
Then I realized how bitter I had become, how pained I had been by all I had seen. I was so foolish and ignorant — I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand. You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. But those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you. But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do. Psalms 73:21-28 NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Prayerfully consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
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