Paul wrote a letter to Timothy in the New Testament where he talks about all of Scripture being useful for teaching and training (2 Tim. 3:16). It’s something we probably all assume and at some level know, yet if we’re building our lives on the faith we proclaim, I wonder how much we apply this to our daily lives.
Sure, in concept it sounds great, but now, today, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, do I, do we, really think all of scripture is there to apply in our situations?
A verse that’s stood out to me for a while now has taken on a much more powerful meaning lately, and the theme is the same both from Psalms and Jeremiah.
Psalm 1:3 says: That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.
Jeremiah 17:8 says: They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
First, who is ‘That person’ in Psalms I hear you asking? Verses 1-2 tell us: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” So, if you’re avoiding the wrong crowd and choosing to think about Spiritual things, then it’s you!
I think and talk a lot about what it means to build a business on a Biblical Framework and it’s verses like these that really challenge me where the rubber hits the road. If, as a believer, I’m supposed to be like a tree planted by water (which is the best place for a tree to be) whose leaves are always green, then by extension, doesn’t this also apply to the work I put my hands to? Work that God has given me to do?
If it does, then you and I as faith driven entrepreneurs can take encouragement, inspiration and peace from these verses because they must also mean that our businesses will be like that same tree, watered and nourished in the drought and the heat (both things that could naturally kill it). That means our ‘tree’ will be strong, will receive the nourishment it needs and will thrive, despite the challenges of what’s happening around it.
It might seem a little ‘out there’, given the challenges so many of us are facing but I genuinely believe this is one of those times where we can either give God the freedom and opportunity to be God, to show up and do what he does, or we can try to fix everything ourselves and leave no room for him to move.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be proactive in mitigating the risks and challenges we face by any stretch, but I’d like to encourage all of us today to make space and time for him first. Stretch your faith and look to him as your provider and source, look to him for your comfort and peace. We know God uses everything at his disposal to do what he does (winds blew all night to part the Red Sea) but the key is Moses and the whole Israelite people recognized it wasn’t the wind that saved them, it was the source of that wind.
Today more than ever, let’s keep our faith where it should be, our eyes on who they need to be looking at and our hearts in the hands of the one who truly is trustworthy. I’m believing for us all, that great testimonies will come out of this, for your businesses and your teams. But for that to happen we need to stand on verses like this, believing the truth in them, exercising our faith around them and remembering that he said the same thing twice, at two different points in history, presumably to make sure we were paying attention.
Thanks @bellphoto1 for the awesome image!