What would you do if you were in Jacob’s shoes? Genesis 29 and 30.
If you entered a contract, and initially the other party broke it, then turned around and offered you the original reward for twice the work, would you agree?
What if you really desired this particular reward — would you invest years of your life to earn it?
If you agreed, and received the reward in advance, would you stick out your allotted time?
Or, would you justify because of the broken promise, take your reward and run?
These are the kinds of questions I ask myself, and wrestle with, when studying the Bible for secrets to help our current economic climate. I believe in the supposition that individuals can make a difference. Researching ancient practices of people who became highly successful reminds me that integrity alters outcomes. The history of those who made moral choices in difficult situations, reveals simple answers to today’s problems.
We can shift America, and countries across the globe, from financial ruin. But I believe to do so, requires turning back to our roots.
I believe in a Creator, the Master Inventor. If He invented all the moving parts of life on Earth, He knows where things fit. He alone can diagnose the broken parts, and He alone holds the blue-prints that show how fluid things work when aligned properly. It’s called the Bible.
But we are not helpless. He offers us a copy of the diagram. He has given us a set of tools. He shares the process for a smooth running economic system — Work His way.
He doesn’t shove the design plan in our hands, but when we refuse it, He must shake His head at our feeble attempts to patch and bandage on our own.
Deciding to work with integrity isn’t easy, but it is simple. History proves, reward comes with perseverance.
What do you think? Is the reward worth the risk of following the Master’s Plan?
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
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Genesis 30:43 (NIV)
In this way the man grew exceedingly prosperous and came to own large flocks, and female and male servants, and camels and donkeys.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri with her family.