What do you do when the foundation of your business or profession seems to be crumbling beneath you?
- Stay awake nights seeking a solution?
- Allow yourself to be immobilized by fear?
- Manipulate people and situations in order to survive?
If in our professional life we view ourselves as the resource that brings about success, we will continuously live from one anxious crisis to another. A sense of dread will pervade the organization.
Recently I had dinner with the president of a company that is faltering. The guy can’t sleep at night. He’s having physical problems that are stress-induced… And he entertains a death wish: “Lord, it would be OK with me if this plane never landed and You took me… ”
If we are to have inner peace, we must settle the issue as to just who it is that is building our business… Who it is who (as the Psalmist puts it) is building our “house“:
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves.” (Psalm 127:1, 2)
This morning during my devotions, with this friend’s plight on my mind, I came across Proverbs 18:10:
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
So, when the pressure is on… where do you run first:
- To carefully orchestrated man-made plans that will bail you out?
- To human resources that rely primarily upon human wisdom?
Or to the Lord, whose Name is a strong tower of safety?
Prayer: “Lord, today, amidst the pressures of business… Amidst the competitive striving of men to manipulate and control one another, help me to rest in You, my Shield, my Wisdom, and yes! My Provider… In Jesus‘ strong Name. Amen.”