- Experiencing God’s abundant goodness
My friend Larry's business is in an industry that has been devastated by economic turmoil over the past several years. At the beginning of December in 2009, their company projections revealed the likelihood of a $40,000 loss for the year.
Frustrated and weary, Larry called together his management team, suggesting that they devote some time for prayer. Since everyone on the team shared his faith, they agreed. They had done everything they knew to do, but the results had fallen far below their optimistic hopes. Now it was time to turn to God, asking for His wisdom, direction, and provision.
Larry did not present an elaborate, sanctimonious-sounding prayer to God. Simply and from the heart he prayed, "Lord, $1 – can you give us at least $1 of profit this year? We need your help." Just one month later, Larry and his team were amazed as they recognized God's provision. As they balanced the books for the month that had just closed, the end result had been a $21,000 profit. Far more than the $1 profit that Larry had humbly requested. And it had been done in a way only God could have accomplished.
When was the last time that you prayed specifically for the needs of your business – or your job? Too often we utilize prayer as a last resort, as a “when all else fails” alternative. And God does respond at such times, as I have experienced personally and have observed in the lives of other business and professional people I know. But we do not have to wait until circumstances become dire to pray.
in Psalm 145:6-7 David the king of Israel proclaimed about God, "Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your righteousness."
Elsewhere in the Bible’s Old Testament, God makes a bold promise that He wants His followers to rely on, both personally and professionally: “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). And in the New Testament, as if to assure us that God has not changed through the centuries, we are told that He is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).
When Larry and his team humbled themselves that day, they did so in simple, trusting faith, having no idea how God would answer their prayers. Larry has been proclaiming God's goodness ever since.
When business and professional leaders devise plans and plot strategies, they often think in terms of resources – personnel, equipment, training, capital, customer base, lines of credit. But rarely do they consider the greatest resource of all: the goodness, faithfulness, love, grace and mercy of God who longs to be asked to become an integral part of what we do every day in the workplace.
As Larry and his team of leaders discovered, God indeed is there. He listens to our prayers and wants to demonstrate exactly what He can do – often when all other resources have been exhausted. What needs, problems or issues are you dealing with today that you need to present to God in prayer?
Author: Rick Boxx