The English poet William Henley once wrote, “You are the master of your fate, the captain of your soul.” The fact is, nothing could be further from the truth! God alone, our Creator and heavenly Father, is the true Master of our fate, and the Captain of our soul. Without His divine direction and blessing all of our best laid plans will come to nothing.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” – Psalm 127:1
God’s will for our lives has reason and purpose, therefore it is always important for us to discern God’s will through prayer before we move forward in any endeavor – no matter how good the business opportunity may appear. Only when we acknowledge Him in all our ways can He direct our paths and bless the works of our hands.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own wisdom or understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Every desire to succeed and every business plan must be carefully and prayerfully thought out before we take the first step. I have learned to say, “It may be a GOOD idea, but is it a GOD idea?” since I have made many mistakes in the past by rushing head-long into an enterprise before talking to God about it, simply because it seemed to be a “good idea” at the time. If God is not behind your good idea or good plans, “…your strength will be spent in vain. For your land will not yield its produce, and the trees of the land will not bear their fruit.” (Leviticus 26:20).
Remember the Tower of Babel
The multitude of men who built the Tower of Babel were all working under the assumption that it was a “good idea.” Unfortunately, they forgot to check with God, the Master Builder, before they plunged full steam ahead with all their money and hard work. They were more than half-way finished with building the great tower when God showed up and asked, “Where is your building permit?” To their collective amazement, no one had bothered to pull a permit for the illegal construction. All their money and effort was lost and the tower was never finished. At the base of the abandoned and windswept Tower of Babel the following statement is imprinted:
“Blind ambition is a giant step from God and one step closer to catastrophe.”
The value of divine blessing
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Let us always seek God’s blessing in all our business ventures and plans. If God is not acknowledged, we have no reason to expect His blessing, and the best-laid plans fail, unless He crowns them with success.
Some men are so eager upon worldly success that they forget about making God their business partner or share their financial abundance with others. They are continually full of stress and anxiety, which makes their comforts bitter, and their lives a burden. But those who acquire success with God as their CEO, and casting all their care upon Him, will have abundance and success, without uneasiness or vexation. Our care must be to keep ourselves in the love of God; then our way may be easy, and the fruits of our prosperity will be joyful and satisfying.
– Luis Joseph Castle
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