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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Dear Colleagues,

DO YOU HAVE A NINE FOOT PROBLEM AND AN EIGHT FOOT GOD? +

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If a follower of Christ chooses in todays business environment to operate on a biblical basis, and thus create an uneven playing field, it is, from a human perspective difficult, if not impossible to survive much less succeed in business without Gods miraculous intervention.  The daunting challenges you as a business person face probably include a severe competitive climate, government encroachment and red tape, cash flow shortages, exploitative or inept employees, a fluctuating market, the continual threat of lawsuits, increasing competition from abroad (China, etc.), and the continuing threat of another terrorist strike, and the negative effect it will have on the economy.

If you choose to do business with total integrity, you will be cast upon the mercy and grace of God, or you and your business will probably fail. Now God has you exactly where he wants you: Totally vulnerable. Totally dependent upon Him. Here is Gods commitment to you: Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right handFor the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to himDo not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Isa. 41:10; 2 Chron. 16:9; Josh. 1:8)

When you draw a line in the sand and say, I will do business Gods way in accordance with Scriptural principles or die, you put yourself in a position for God to work. To intervene. You put yourself in a position where you have to trust God. And that pleases him: My righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with himAnd without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Heb. 10:38; 11:6)

Davids victory over nine foot Goliath furnishes us several principles that apply today to the business and professional world.  King Saul and his army intrepidly faced the Philistines and a nine foot giant who taunted them for forty days. In response, Saul and the Israelites shamefully cowered in fear.  In the narrative account, there is no indication that Saul even considered God as the solution to his nine foot problem. But, you know, why bother your god when he is only eight feet tall? Soa teenage shepherd boy showed up at the battle scene, became infuriated that Gods glory was being drug through the mud, and proceeded to kill the giant. 

Here are three reasons why David gained the victory over an overpowering adversary:

  David remembered Gods past deliverances and found faith and courage in that memory:  David said to Saul, When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck itand killed itThe Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."  (I Sam. 17:34,35,37)

Question: When faced with a crisis, do you make it a practice to strengthen your faith by going back and remembering Gods past deliverances and blessings? (See Deut. 7:18,19; 8:2-6, 18-20)

  David knew that his strength was in the Lord, not in a human solution: David tried to adjust to Sauls ill-fitting armor, but then chose rather to face Goliath with a few stones and a sling shot and simply trust God for the victory: David said to the Philistine, You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (I Sam. 17:45, 46a)

Question: When faced with a difficult predicament, do you attempt to solve the problem with an ill-fitting human solution, or rely solely on Gods strength?

  David faced Goliath, realizing Gods unseen presence was greater than the giant before him: This dayAll those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands." (I Sam. 17:46, 47 Selected)

Question: When you are up against overwhelming odds, do you choose to believe that only God can and will deliver you, and then respond in faith accordingly? (See Exo. 14:13, 14) 

+ Key thoughts taken from a sermon delivered by Dr., Rev. Craig Milco, Craig Memorial Church on August 15, 2004, Paradise, CA

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