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Biblical Business Principle
Last week we focused on What’s a Good Deal? Do people get a good deal when they buy from your company?
This week we will focus on Vision: Seeing Beyond the Present. Leaders must see beyond the present circumstances and see the what’s next. Are you a visionary leader?
The account of Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6 is an illustration of being able to see beyond the present circumstances.
When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Ah, my lord, what will we do now?” he cried out to Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15 NLT The present circumstances were not good!
“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” 2 Kings 6:16 NLT What do you think the servant thought when Elisha said this?
Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened his servant’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. 2 Kings 6:17 NLT As you look beyond the present circumstances to the future, do you ask God to help you see what He sees?
The rest of the 2 Kings 6 story is – As the Aramean army advanced toward them, Elisha prayed, “O LORD, please make them blind.” And the LORD did as Elisha asked. Then Elisha went out and told them, “You have come the wrong way! This isn’t the right city! Follow me, and I will take you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. As soon as they had entered Samaria, Elisha prayed, “O LORD, now open their eyes and let them see.” And the LORD did, and they discovered that they were in Samaria. When the king of Israel saw them, he shouted to Elisha, “My father, should I kill them?” “Of course not!” Elisha told him. “Do we kill prisoners of war? Give them food and drink and send them home again to their master.” So the king made a great feast for them and then sent them home to their king. After that, the Aramean raiders stayed away from the land of Israel. 2 Kings 6:18-23 NLT Only God could have orchestrated this outcome, but Elisha prayed, had faith, and trusted God with the outcome. And he stayed Christlike in not seeking vengeance when he could have.
Are you facing a situation that requires vision to see a good outcome? Do you believe God guides through prayer, that He is sovereign, and that He cares for you? Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT Then trust God to give you the wisdom to communicate the vision to others.
Bit of Wisdom
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your spiritual strength comes from God’s special favor, not from ceremonial rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. Hebrews 13:8-9 NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
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