Proverbs at Work … at Work
“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:1-5)
If you are reading this memo, you likely want to demonstrate God at work. This involves making good decisions and conducting ourselves in a way that honors God and blesses others.
Why then is there so often a disconnect between what we want to do and what we actually do? It could be many things, including busyness, distraction, difficulty dealing with stress, fatigue, and influences from others. However, sometimes it is because we are not accessing the wisdom God freely provides.
God’s word provides wisdom and direction for everything we deal with in the workplace. For every decision to be made, action to be taken, or words to be spoken, there is a principle that will address the issue. God may not directly tell you in His Word what to do, but there will be a direction for you and steps to follow. It may be about what to do or how to do it.
Years ago, I needed to decide whether to purchase my business or sell it to my business partner. The Bible is full of wisdom on how to manage an ethical company, how to treat others, how to communicate and how to make decisions. God, of course, did not say in His Word if I should sell or buy. However, with this looming decision, certain verses I read jumped out of the page at me. They resonated with my heart and mind regarding what I should do. There were, of course, numerous discussions with my husband as well as other godly people we respected and who cared for us. I had peace about my decision and my motivations for purchasing, which included being able to share work experiences with other Christian women. The motivation was also caring for my staff.
When you allow God’s Word to lead your decision-making, you may sometimes look back to see why He led you that way.
He leads; our job is to follow.
He provides principles to follow; our job is to know them.
He provides a way; our job is to commit to it.
However, we need to know His Word to be able to be led. If you want more wisdom at work, start with a regular reading of Proverbs. It includes numerous wise principles, practical and wise direction, and encouragement and support. If you have not already, then start reading one Proverb per day. See what verses, words, concepts, principles, and promises jump off the page. Pay attention to these verses and apply them to your work situation. In this way, you will see God at work … at work.