We too are in process to fulfill this great command in the area of business, success and financial multiplication. Like children are to a family, so are new clients to our business. Each client is a new arrow in our quiver.
Psalm 127:1-5 (KJV)
1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep (in essence….rest).
3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
And like the frustrated future parents, so can we become frustrated if we are not resting in God’s ability and promise to make us strong in finances, as we are in family/relationships and health (mental, physical, spiritual). He clearly states that this is his job…it is what he does…it is what he wants more than anything to do.
1 Chronicles 22:18 (KJV)
18 Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD, and before his people.
H5117 - a primitive root; to rest, i.e. settle down; used in a great variety of applications, literal and figurative, intransivitive, transitive and causative (to dwell, stay, let fall, place, let alone, withdraw, give comfort, etc.) :- cease, be confederate, lay, let down, (be) quiet, remain, (cause to, be at, give, have, make to) rest, set down. Compare <H3241> (Yaniym).
H3241 - from <H5123> (nuwm); asleep; Janim, a place in Palestine :- Janum [from the margin].
H5123 - a primitive root; to slumber (from drowsiness) :- sleep, slumber.
H5181 - a primitive root; to sink, i.e. descend; causative to press or lead down :- be broken, (cause to) come down, enter, go down, press sore, settle, stick fast.
When we attempt to get out in front of him it may work a little or it may not work at all. Our frustration with the situation, our continual focus on the negative aspects rather than focusing in faith on the promises seems to block the very thing we are attempting to lay hold of. When we rest, with our head on his chest…our mind is on that loving relationship with our familiar friend…then in the background He is able to maneuver people, places and even time to our advantage.
I have been told more than one time that since I left my former position that the two people that have replaced me struggle to get the work done….and at once was told during a visit with some friends that the fellow they have now in my place has said (out loud …if you can believe that) …’I don’t know how she was able to get the kind of savings she did’. I just want to say I’m not bragging on me so much, God gave me the innate ability to see problems or tasks in a way that I have been able to organize my efforts (and the tasks themselves) in a way that more gets done in a shorter time than other people. It is Him. I have tried more than one time to teach people how I see things and have never really been successful in having them get the same success as I have had….and the only way to look at this was God blessing the work of my hands and mind. I just thank God one more time for the abundance of savings I was able to capture for that company. I was thrilled to hear that the savings that I was able to log while at rest (proving His goodness), others are having to work their fannies off and not being able to accomplish the goal. It is proof positive of what I am speaking about. I rarely went in worried that I would not get what I needed and way more. He always made sure that my savings outstripped every other purchasing agent in my department. My boss would ask me to give an estimate of what I thought I could come up with and a breakdown of where they would come from for the savings projection. I could give him an estimate, but really had to do guess-timates on where they might come from, I’d tell him…that God always saw to it that they were there for me….and they were. I even today count this as seed sown (into the success of others) that I expect a harvest on. Over the 12 years I worked there, over $10,000,000 in actual savings (not just the manipulated paper numbers that some use as savings…think of our government :-) that went right to the bottom line for them. What a harvest I see!
Good morning Father! Again, thank you for your word…for real life examples of the favor and blessing you have laid on us…for encouragement from those you place in our lives. Thank you for an intimacy that is day by day growing deeper and with that trust that we have never known with anyone else. Thank you for showing us how much you enjoy our company and for the opportunities we have to share with others that you are not mad at us or waiting to snub us when we do wrong. Thank you that this grace, this favor has so saturated our lives that it announces our presence before folks can see us, before they hear our voice. Give us this day our daily bread (our daily supply financially, if we were beatniks…bread would mean ‘dough’…I mean money ;-) …new clients, new arrows for our quiver. We desire the ones you want us to have. Show us those folks we are to help today in one way or another, and thank you for the means to meet their need. In Jesus name we pray…Amen!