Forward in the Lord

By: Walt Seale

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.


Jim had owned a construction company for over 40 years when he ran into an employee problem that demanded his attention. For some reasons he couldn’t immediately understand, employee attitudes had become negative to the point of working contrary to Jim’s direction and desires. Something had to be done.

For years Jim had prayed daily for his business. He prayed for wisdom and for our Father’s guidance so that he could run the business in a way that was pleasing to God. He was careful to meet his financial responsibilities to his creditors, suppliers and employees while delivering quality work to his customers.

Over the period of a few months Jim took on new suppliers and hired a new sales manager. “I prayed through these decisions and was determined to rely on God’s guidance,” he said. “One way the Lord led the business forward was by showing me things through others. I learned to trust that the Lord can teach me through others.”

Jim also had to learn that discernment and patience, gifts of the Spirit, were needed to make right decisions. After prayerful consideration, Jim confronted the problem employees. The conversations were frank and direct, but the air was cleared. “Attitudes changed and performance improved,” he reported.

The decision of how and when to confront difficult situations challenges all of us. “I’ve learned that giving over these situations to the Lord before making decisions works best. Just making a decision and then asking the Lord to bless it afterwards doesn’t work,” Jim concluded.

In the hustle of busy work life, it is tempting to manage on instinct and grit without taking the time to make thoughtful decisions. There are times when we have to make decisions quickly but, as Jim pointed out, “We have the Lord to guide us. If we put charity over greed then we take a big step forward in the Lord.”


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: When you experience difficulties in the workplace, is your first reaction to turn to the Lord?