Obviously, this article is for believers or those that are leaning towards believing in God, but haven't quite pulled the trigger as yet. My intent is not to change your spiritual thinking or beliefs, but, rather, to share with you my opinion and belief regarding God in your business.
Did you know that God is in your business? God's Word teaches us that everything we own is God sent, and everything we have conceived of, including the idea of going into business for ourselves, is God inspired. Coupled with these truths, God has given us all a gift of choice in all that we think, say or do. He knows what we are going to do before we do it, but He leaves it to us to choose. This gift of choice is ours to do with as we please, right or wrong. This is true in business as well as any other endeavor.
Does this mean that God stands idly by while we plod along trying to make a go of things. Certainly not. We are God's children, and as would be the case with any loving and caring Father, He wants to hear from us about what is going on with us and our business. He wants us to confide in Him, to have communication with Him. Although we have complete choice in our business decisions, nothing pleases God more than when we prayerfully include Him and communicate with God through his Word, the Holy Bible. Not just every once in awhile, but everyday.
Although my parents have both passed on, my wife's father is 88 years old. She makes a point of talking with him on the phone everyday. It's amazing, the things they talk about. It's the same with God. He wants to hear from us even when we don't need anything. Do yourself a favor. Make the call as if your business depended on it.
And when you do pray, how often does this happen? Someone says, "I don't hear from God. I pray, but I don't hear His response. He doesn't talk to me. It's a one-way conversation".
Oh really? Maybe He doesn't respond according to our timetable. Or maybe He doesrespond but we weren't listening.
As business people, it's very hard to keep from all the distractions that seem to be constantly present. That's why we need to make God a priority in our business. We owe it to ourselves to allocate some quiet time with God to meditate. It does not have to be a lot of time. Just special one-on-one time. I intentionally use the terms "meditate" and "quiet" time as a way of suggesting that sometimes it's okay to say nothing when spending time with God. He knows what you are struggling with and He won't let you down in your time of needing to make a business decision. Let him speak to you. It may not be in a way that you expect. God sometimes communicates with us through others for His own purpose. And it may not be in our time frame. God is saying that, in spite of what you may think, you have the time necessary. Don't be quick to decide. Think it through. Write it down in your journal or whatever works for you. God may even speak to you through your written word. I know it sounds weird, but it happens.
Business owners face decisions on a regular basis. Some of these decisions are easy to make, but some are troublesome and not easily arrived at. When we face tough decisions, particularly troublesome decisions, God wants us to consult with Him through prayer. He wants us to prayerfully include Him. He wants our decisions to not be hasty. Basically, He's saying "let's sleep on it". Because God communicates with us in many ways, He also wants us to seek the counsel of like-minded individuals in our decision-making, whether it be church counselors or pastors, or a circle of other believers, and to receive teaching and guidance through his Word.
God IS in your business. Your business, your life and your salvation are His business and He wants to help. God wants to hear from you on a regular basis. And He is open for business 24/7.