Have you ever prayed to God about your goals and yet it seems your prayer isn’t being answered? Did it affect your faith in Him like you no longer want to talk to Him next time you have a goal to achieve?
Entrepreneurs are known for their being independent-minded. We don’t wait for a boss to dictate to us what we gonna do, because we decide for ourselves. We are “little CEOs” of our small businesses, and we possess the trait of confidence.
But in spite of being strong, there are times that we will be tested. Our faith especially in God would be tested, and it happened to me. With my experience, I learned something that I wanna share with you in this blog post.
Faith + Action = Success
What is Faith?
Here are two definitions of faith according to the dictionary:
- A complete trust or confidence in something.
- A strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension than proof.
I remember when I was just a student, everything that I do, I consult it first with God.
Our school then has taught us to be prayerful, and to always trust in God. There isn’t a thing that we do that we do not pray. Before we eat, before we take an exam, before we travel, after we travel, when going to bed, all our activities are done with prayer.
Everything was alright back then, making us believe that God is indeed real, and prayer is a very powerful thing. How nice it is that young people are being raised like that, I don’t know if that kind of training still exist today.
We put complete trust to God for everything.
Over Self-confidence Weakens Faith
Upon entering the world of entrepreneurship, I was trained in a multi-level marketing training designed to instill self-confidence and belief in one’s self. It was an informal school for individuals wanting to succeed in business.
It did me both good and bad. Good because, it boosted my self-confidence. Bad, in the sense that I got too confident of myself I no longer consult God with my decisions.
With the subtle change that happened to me, I didn’t notice that I was turning away from God. Worse, alcoholism has set in that I no longer had a time for prayer. How can you pray when you are drunk?
I thought it is normal practice in business that if you want to gain clients, you have to treat them with drinks in a night bar. Some of you won’t agree with me, but getting drunk sometimes keeps your heart away from Him. That was my experience.
Slowly, my faith weakened. I didn’t notice it’s changing.
The Turning Point
It’s normal for our sinful nature as human beings that when we have committed something that we know is not in according to God’s will, we shy away further instead of coming nearer.
But the more you turn away from God, the more you become vulnerable to the enemy.
In 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) it’s said…
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
In our denomination, we believe that the devil is around us moving like an invisible thing, tempting each one of us to commit sin. If you turn away from God, you are making yourself more vulnerable to sin!
Thankfully, with my recent experience of failure in business, instead of turning away from Him, I decided to move closer to God. I became more prayerful again, and put my trust to Him again.
Good thing I realized I’m weak and I needed someone strong to cover me.
In Philippians 4:13 (NIV) it’s said…
“I can do all this through Him who strengthens me.”
But Don’t Be Too Extreme With Faith
Have you met a Christian who interprets faith in an extreme way that he no longer want to move on his own? A person who trust God to the extreme that his words will sound like this, “Leave it all to God and wait.”
This is not just a product of my imagination, these people exist.
It is wrong to be judgmental over our brethren, but it pays to examine the behavior and beliefs sometimes. Yes, just for the sake of learning, and to have an object lesson for teaching others what’s okay and what’s not.
I am not sure if the words are coming out of laziness, but it seems they are.
When you’re lazy, when you’re feeling lazy, you no longer want to move. Just like those people who depend everything on the government… From food rations to cash assistance, you name it.
Now, it’s same with religion. There are groups of people who are in that mindset, or are nearing that mindset.
I remember when we were busy conducting livelihood seminars, some religious people were not responding. Probably, the reason is, they view the idea of starting a part-time business as something not ideal. That a person should be contented with the income from a job (fixed salary) and not desire extra income anymore.
A Story You Can Relate With
For nearly 50 years, a man named Joseph was one of God’s best servants…
He kept the Sabbath. He was devoted to his family. He gave part of his meager weekly salary to charity. And every week, on Sabbath, he turned toward God whether this was the week when it was his turn to win the lottery. Now, at age 65, facing seemingly insurmountable financial problems, Joseph began to question his unwavering faith to God.
“God,” he exclaimed one day during his Sabbath prayers, “unless I get a sign by tomorrow morning telling me exactly what do you want me to do this week to finally win the lottery, we’re finished. Enough. No more Sabbath, no more devotion to my family, no more charity.”
That night, an exasperated God appeared to Joseph in his dreams…
“Joseph,” God said, “give me a chance—buy a ticket!”
In this story, God does not condone gambling and it is not encouraged here. It’s just for illustration purpose only that the words lottery and ticket were used, just to make a point that you have to “buy” or “take action”.
Put Your Faith Into Action!
Whether it be in business or a cause-oriented non-profit project, this formula works.
When you’re sponsoring an event, like for example a medical mission. There are ground works that you have to work on, like sourcing the funds needed to purchase the medicines, and arranging with the local government for the venue of the event.
Things like that don’t happen just by hoping.
And in business, when you’re building something, you have to work on it. Yes, you can pray, but God won’t step down on Earth to literally help you with your noble business. You have to do the work, and build it up.
Build the business and let God touch the heart of your financiers, suppliers and customers.
And when a crisis hit your business, you have to kneel down in prayer and ask support from the Boss up there. Our big boss. But you have to do your part as well. Look for solutions and put your trust on God that He will help you find what you’re looking for.
Bible Verses To Remember
If you’re looking for verses in the Bible that discusses faith, here’s a list:
- Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
- Isaiah 41:10 So 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 hand.
- Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.
Thank you for reading, and I hope this blog post has given you not only enlightenment but also encouragement to keep going. He’s real, He’s there around us, put your trust, but do your part.
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