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Business and the Will of God :: Gerald Chester

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. Psalms 1:1-6 (NIV)

Do you think that the above text from the Bible applies to business?

Do you think that God blesses obedience to His will and punishes the wicked, that is, those who do not obey His will?

James 4:13–17 clearly states that business should be about discerning the will of God. That being the case, one would expect that businesses that don't seek the will of God are like the wicked. Though these businesses may give the appearance of some success for a period of time, in the end, they are like chaff that is blown away by the judgment wind of God.

On the other hand, businesses that are diligently and faithfully seeking the will of God are like the tree planted by streams of water that bears fruit in season and whose leaf never withers. Whatever God has ordained the company to do will prosper.

If we believe that Psalms 1 refers to business, as James 4:13–17 clearly does, then the compelling purpose of every business is to seek and serve the will of God. This means that business is not about money, it is not about jobs and it is not even about great products and services. Though business should be profitable, provide employment opportunities, and produce excellent products and services, these are all by-products of the real purpose of business. The real purpose of business is to seek and serve the will of God. This is the only way to enjoy lasting prosperity and success.

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