Solomon's Proverbs: Business
You spend more time in your profession or business than anything else you do. And you do it to get ahead financially. Are you on a professional fast track? Is your business booming? Do you make the daily choices that please God, help clients, encourage employees, and build profits? Or are you a seat-of-the-pants person that typically reacts emotionally?
Did you get a steal of a deal? Be careful - God protects sellers! Getting a price reduced by criticizing a thing and then bragging about your great deal is lying and stealing! Integrity demands a fair price and impeccable honesty.
Honesty is the best policy, wrote Solomon. The apparent advantage of deceit is an illusion. The gain will be forfeited, and the LORD will judge the deceiver. Professional dishonesty is like Russian roulette but with far worse odds!
Taking risks is not courage or wisdom; it shows folly, greed, haste, or ignorance. Taking risks tempts God, and He will judge such presumption. If you encounter such a fool, do not do business with him or require security.
Discrimination is a lie of the lazy. They blame being black, old, female, Hispanic, white, young, male, pierced, or Muslim. If you have not heard it, they will invent it. Stop the blame game; get to work! Everyone loves a worker!
Ever hear of capital, savings, division of labor, investment, and such like? Think they started with Adam Smith in 1776? God and Solomon revealed rules for business and economic success long before he plagiarized them both!
How can you or your business rise to the top? There is an old-fashioned rule ignored by most of the present generation. If you can learn it, and since most of your peers will not learn it, you can be cream, and they can be the milk!
Are you living as risk-free as possible? Or could a contingent liability cost you dearly? God expects you to manage risk carefully. In an uncertain world, you must be prudent to protect yourself from unnecessary losses.
Throwing money around can help you get ahead. No business school in America is advanced enough to teach this law of economics. Not Harvard. Not Stanford. This proverb is a financial secret from God for His people. Giving to the right causes will increase your net worth, while hoarding will lead to poverty.
Tomorrow your company could eliminate your job or a competitor could locate next to your business and put you out of business. Do you systematically assess your risks? Part of wisdom is foreseeing such trouble and hiding.
Want to get rich quick? Repent! It is sin, and it will ruin your life. Such ambition brings natural and supernatural laws against your efforts. Work hard at a noble and useful job, natural and supernatural blessings will come.
Do you know about the Bureau of Weights and Measures? They create an environment for safe and profitable business transactions. But long before it was established, God and Solomon had already ruled strictly on this subject!
Have a huge decision to make? There is a sure way to establish your purposes and avoid disappointment of failing in your endeavor. If you can learn the rule and apply it prudently, it will save you from trouble in your life.