Tomorrow we are going to look at the wonderful promise of blessing that follows this verse but this opening verse is such a key challenge for those of us who have stepped out in business and entrepreneurship.
Unless you have experienced the daily uncertainly, fear and rejection that comes with producing and selling a product or service then you can never fully understand how alone you can feel or the trails of remaining steadfast in hope and joy.
It is hard. Each day is challenge with a myriad of temptations to fear and to unknowingly look to man for our strength and security.
In the context of running your own business, what does it mean to look to man for your strength?
It means placing your joy, security and hope in how many clients you have or in your projected income. How do you feel when business is slow, when a potential client rejects you, when you lose a big deal?
Do you feel worried for the future, do you feel stressed over your income, do you question your worth, your buisness or your ability?
Our joy and peace should not be dependant on whether a client books us or not. Our security and hope should not be dependant on the number of customers we have or how many sales we have made.
Our clients are not the ultimate source of our provision. Our customers are not the one who sustain us.
Yes a client can give us physical money but do not let that trick you into looking to man for your provision.
It is God who provides.
It is God who sustains.
It is God who is control of your future.
“Our clients are not the ultimate source of our provision. Our customers are not the one who sustain us.”
When we forget that we are secure in God’s provision and love then we can fall into the trap of looking to man for our provision; for our strength.
We can look at our potential clients and think that this is the key to our provision.
If we can just get one more booking, if we can just make that sale, then we will be ok this month.
There is a curse in living like this. It will cause us to live in the parched places of the desert. We will always feel like we are in a season of lack.
We will not see prosperity when it comes. We will not be able to enjoy each blessing and provision as it comes as it will never seem enough compared the enormity of what we feel we need or because of the fear of when the next provision will come.
In short you will always be living in fear, uncertainty and want. Your emotional health will suffer and so will your relationships.
Decide today to not see your clients and customers and their money as the source of your provision.
No matter what stage your business is at, remember that it is God who will provide and sustain and grant you increase and security in him.
Having started her first business 8 years ago Sarah-Jane has built multiple successful businesses and became an international business coach with her husband Matt. Sarah-Jane now has a passion to support and equip believers in their businesses through inspirational biblical insight and practical business training.