Updated: Oct 1
“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; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young.” (Proverbs 1: 1-5)
Did you know the book of Proverbs has wisdom, instruction, and knowledge that can be applied to all aspects of work? In fact, as there are 31 chapters in Proverbs, many people read a chapter each day of the month to be able to readily apply these truths in their business. This is a wonderful way to learn how to apply God’s wisdom in the workplace, every day.
We are clearly told in the first Chapter that the Proverbs are given to us to:
Understand prudent behavior
Do what is right, just, and fair
Gain prudence, knowledge, and discretion
Proverbs is rich with wisdom, flowing with instruction to give us knowledge regarding how to work, how to balance our work & personal lives, and how to glorify God in both these areas.
With studying Proverbs, we can learn specific principles regarding how to treat others, how to manage our time, how to make decisions and how to demonstrate God at work. Proverbs often put words to our heart’s understanding on what is right and what is wrong. These verses also provide very practical advice on the day to day operations of our businesses.
The business woman who reads Proverbs will see direct and wise application to questions, struggles and opportunities which arise.
Like you, I have favorite verses from God’s Word. And many of them are found in Proverbs! These verses help to keep me grounded in what is right and wrong and give me direction on things I should do (and not do) and what I should say (and not say).
The following verses are just some of the ones which have been very meaningful to me in their wisdom and direction:
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22)
Over the years, I have developed an appreciation of the role of advisors. Having a trusted person’s perspective, sharing of experiences and encouragement are all invaluable in operating a successful business.
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Proverbs 3:3-4)
Consistency in how people are treated is crucial in any business as it fosters confidence, moral, and an enjoyable work environment. The words, “let love and faithfulness never leave you” has been a source of encouragement to me as I believe very strongly about trying to demonstrate my loyalty and appreciation to all staff at all times.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to act.” (Proverbs 3:27)
This verse often stirs my heart as I think about my staff. This does not just mean in a monetary fashion but also relates to helping them with work life balance, acknowledging their work to others and understanding what is important to them.
“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse .” (Proverbs 9:7)
This verse has a very practical side to it. Often, when we are in a conflict situation we may want to retaliate. This is a good reminder to wisely consider what to say and not to say.
“Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.” (Proverbs 10:19)
This is a very good reminder of the danger of talking too much. Perhaps it is because you are excited about something or perhaps a conversation is starting to head into an argument. Sometimes, it is best to stop talking for a bit and listen well.
This week, consider starting to read one Chapter of Proverbs per day. Pay attention to what you are drawn to in the words. Allow its wisdom, instruction and knowledge to enter your heart and mind and then be applied in a practical way at work.
May God richly bless you as you apply this Colossians Prayer to your workplace decisions.
Have a great week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work