Where do you get your confidence and support? When you are struggling, whom do you turn to first: God, or man? It is great to have family, friends, and colleagues that we can talk with about what is happening in our lives. However, the first place we are expected and intended to go is the Lord.

Our heart can be for the Lord, and yet we compartmentalize Him through our behaviors, not only when we have sinned, but also when we are struggling to find the “right answers” in our businesses and lives. It is too tempting to rely on the balance in our bank account, until we see it get so low we wonder how we will keep the doors open. Or we may be struggling to address competition, employee performance, a lack of sales, or the effects of a bad economy. Read the following verses. Are you dwelling in a parched desert, or are you rooted by the stream of God’s love and ready to sustain any conditions and still prosper?

Jeremiah 17:5–8 (NIV)
5  This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6  That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
7  “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8  They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

Author:  Lea A. Strickland, MBA CMA CFM CBM GMC
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