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Divine Direction: How Committing Your Business to God Leads to Established Plans





Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.


The book of Proverbs contains key principles for “successful” living. The book launches with a simple overview of its rich value and life-application; The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; (Proverbs 1: 1-3 NIV). True entrepreneurs consistently seek after the items offered in this sacred text – “wisdom and instruction,” “understanding,” “words of insight,” “prudent behavior.” And those entrepreneurs who care about the impact that their business ventures have on the world will also care about “doing what is right and just and fair.” The book of Proverbs is a must read when embarking on a business journey.


Each week, we will explore a key word of insight provided in the Holy Bible and relate it to how we approach entrepreneurship. The hope is that we will learn, be challenged, and most of all, be “prosperous and successful” – Joshua 1:7 (another terrific book of rich insights).


Today, let’s launch our exploration with the words found in Proverbs 16:3, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (NIV)


This scripture, in general, is straightforward. Alone, the words represent a key truth that every believer must confess – the Lord’s will must be first in our heart, and we must trust that He truly knows what is best. The words found in this Proverb remind us that the journey to accomplishing your dream is best taken with the Lord in the driver seat. This is a prudent approach as we go on to learn in verse four that “The Lord works out everything to its proper end.” In other words, the Lord is the one that can ensure the success of our efforts as He deems to be right according to His will and perfect timing.


If you travel through Proverbs 16 a little further, to verse nine, you’ll find further confirmation of the Lord’s role in the process of bringing to pass those dreams we hold in our heart – “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” In this verse, the word “heart,” is translated from the Hebrew word lēb (pronounced labe) and figuratively refers to feelings, the will, and the intellect1. “Direct” in this verse, is translated from the Hebrew word kun (pronounced koon) and refers to the act of “setting up,” “establishing,” or “appointing”2. Isn’t this a wonderful promise? Our heavenly father, the creator of this world, is on our team.


While verse three is our focus, it’s worth exploring other important themes throughout this densely packed book of proverbs. The additional themes extend from doing the right thing, to being humble, to being fair, to being patient, and to how we should conduct ourselves. Don’t miss out on gaining divine wisdom.


Questions to Consider for Business and Life Application:


1.     Have you officially committed your business ventures to the Lord?

  • If not, what apprehensions do you have about doing so?

  • If yes, why did you decide to commit?


2.      If you have committed your business ventures to the Lord, how has He helped you in this journey?

  • If you're unsure, list some prayer points where you seek His assistance.


3.      Do you view committing your business venture to the Lord as a one-time act or a daily commitment?

  • Write your views and approach.


4.      List any other revelations and insights gained from your exploration of Proverbs 16.

  • How will you apply these insights to your approach to doing business and living?


Footnotes:


  1. Strong’s Concordance H3820: lēb - refers to the inner part of a person, including feelings, will, and intellect.

  2. Strong’s Concordance H3559: kun - denotes the action of establishing, setting up, or appointing.

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