Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Dear Colleagues,


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As you navigate the uncharted waters of the marketplace in these uncertain times, you can take comfort in the fact that your heavenly Father has known from all eternity exactly what has taken place in the past and what will transpire in the future. God is never caught off guard; never surprised. His knowledge is all encompassing. As His children we are assured that He will see us through to eternity:

Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do (Isa. 46:9-11). (See Psa. 33:11; 135:6; Isa. 44:78; 45:21; Eph. 1:9-11)

We take comfort in the fact that God knows everything about us:  "I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve" (Jer. 17:10). (See Ps. 139:1-4)  As His child, our natural response echoes that of the psalmist:  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain (Psa. 139:6).

Like Job, we find solace in realizing that God is cognizant of the details, and yes, the struggles of our lives: He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold (Job. 23:10b).

In your professional life, doubtless there have and will be times of confusion; times of deep inner struggles. How comforting to know that God is already aware of the cry of your heart even before you seek Him out:  Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear (Isa. 65:24).

In your periods of spiritual uncertainty you can pray with great assurance for clarity: Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting   (Psa. 139:23, 24).

I would imagine that there have been seasons of doubt about Gods plan for your life. It is in these troubling times that we can rest in His assurance: I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope  (Jer. 29:11).

Finally, it is imperative that we also understand that amidst the intense seductions of the marketplace, nothing escapes His notice or is hidden from His view. He will call us to account:  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Heb. 4:13).  (See Num. 32:23; Isa. 29:15; 40:27, 28)

Prayer:  Lord, as I seek to reflect you in the marketplace, grant me the courage to put my hand in yours, trusting in your sovereign goodness and omniscience. Whatever the temptations and struggles I may face in my world of work, you are walking with me, giving me the peace, the wisdom, and the ability to trust you as my all knowing, loving heavenly Father.  Amen.

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