‘…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age’
Throughout our lives things are continuously coming and going. There’s never any real permanence. Even when it feels like there is, there really isn’t. We may live in the same house all our lives but life within that house changes. Children come. Children go. Our loved ones pass away. Jobs change. Cars change. Brown hair to grey hair! We’re happy with the wallpaper but 2 years later we change it. We plant a tree but 20 years later we cut it down because it’s blocking out light.
As believers in Christ, it’s possible that God comes and goes in our lives. We may think about Him some days more than others. Or even go through periods of weeks and months when we forget He even exists. Amazing that someone who we know in our hearts is incredibly important to us, can disappear from our minds. Our God is a gracious and a forgiving God. And even though we forget Him, He never forgets or stops loving us. He’s waiting for us to connect with Him. There’s many ways we can do that. Opening our Bibles and reading just one verse can re-boot that relationship. Praying a simple prayer for God to guide us. Downloading an app that delivers a verse to your Smartphone. I have Proverbs and Psalms apps that pop up on my phone 3 times a day. It’s amazing how timely they can be. Making that effort means we are inviting God into our lives and asking Him to speak to us. For any of us in business I highly recommend a few Proverbs verses a day.
So, wherever you are now perhaps stop reading those emails and go to the apps store and download one. There are thousands of them and most of them are free. You won’t always read them but not to worry, there will be one the next day and the next and the next…
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, thank you for always being with us, even when we’re not with you. We pray we can be with you through prayer and scripture. And with faith! – Amen!
‘Then Jesus was led up by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished’
The business world can be a lonely place. When we’re under pressure and stress it feels a like we have to deal with it ourselves and all the temptations that come with it. ‘Dog eat dog’ it’s called. No matter how much stress, pain, suffering and rejection we may feel we should know that God went through the same and much worst by becoming Jesus. There’s nothing we go through that He doesn’t have compassion for. Think about His pain and suffering. Fasting for forty days! In a desert! He understands how bad it can be. I realize that all may be well in your world today and that the things I’m writing don’t match up. It was true for jesus on this earth as well. A week before he was crucified, people were on their hands and knees praising and worshiping him. He experienced the ups and downs too. So, maybe nothing is troubling us today, but if anything ever does we just need to surrender it all to God. As it says in Psalm 23 ‘And even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me. Your rod and staff they comfort me.’That all sounds dramatic, but anyone reading this that has had the threat of redundancy over their heads, a new boss that for some reason doesn’t like them or their job riding on a big presentation will know exactly what I mean. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?Romans 8:31. Amen!
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son to suffer for us. May we look to you in our own suffering for peace, love, wisdom, skill, guidance and strength, Amen!
‘But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you’
I saw this today in London and was saddened. How can people hate so much? These are people who have lived with this hate for over 30 years. It’s been 20 years since she resigned as Prime minister. All we can do is pray for them and pray for those in the world and in business that put themselves in a place to lead but, for some reason, are hated for it.
Heavenly Father, We pray for those that are full of hate. We ask that their hearts soften through somehow getting to know you. Fill them and us with your love Lord – Amen!
‘The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful’
I read a quote that you may have heard before – ‘If you want to make God laugh, show him your plans’.Thinking about it now, when I decided to move my family from the comfort of Southern England to freezing cold Minnesota it’s possible that God was rolling around with laughter. And then once He had calmed down He must have just sighed. I can’t remember praying much about that decision or other rather dubious decisions that went with it but I could be wrong. But, rather like a GPS, He gets us back on the right route. Since then He introduced my wife to a ministry in Minnesota called Feed My Starving Children which has since turned into an annual event in Connecticut (Don’t ask how we ended up here). He has also opened up doors to other ministries and churches. So, we feel like were kind of back on the right path. But we know we need to get better about turning to God when we attempt to make plans. But as a word of encouragement, don’t dwell on past mistakes or bad decisions. If we’re truly looking for a relationship with God, He will get us back on the right path. He promises that. Otherwise, it’s a little like walking around a maze. One wrong turn after another.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, Even when we wander away from you we know you don’t wander away from us. Help us turn to back to you and remain with you – Amen!