I have some friends my age that are growing successful businesses. They’ve got employees, their cash flow is great, and they are secure in their personal finances.
I have been annoyed by these same friends before. I see how far along they’ve come, and it makes me realize how much further I have to go to get there.
Being around successful entrepreneurs a lot, my patience is often tested toward God and His sovereignty to will and work in my business according to His perfect timing.
We entrepreneurs don’t like waiting. We’ve been waiting for years for it to be ‘our turn.’ We don’t want to wait anymore. Oh, and add insult to injury for the fact that we go through attacks WHILE we’re waiting.
At one point or another, all of us Godpreneurs have questioned God’s faithfulness, angry, stressed and losing hope that He cares for us.
We ask questions like
- Does God really love and care me as much as He loves those entrepreneurs around me who are not waiting on Him in their businesses?
- Maybe He is not going to do what He promised in my business?
- How long do I have to pray for with no answer?
This waiting causes us to wonder if God is still guiding the vision of the business, skeptical of whether He is ever going to give us the big break we need.
The Bible has many examples of people that have questioned God like this. Many have found themselves waiting for God to act in their lives. There’s no guarantee that God would respond to them, their waiting and what they desire.
Like us, they wait in uncertainty and sometimes even in disgrace; ridiculed and tormented.
Think Noah building his Ark. He had to wait a long time to see God’s promise fulfilled. During all the years Noah built and finished the ark, he had to endure tons of physical and emotional pain. Through all of this, Noah did the only thing he could do: Keep believing.
The Bible says
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 ESV
Seeing God answer a prayer or a promise in our business is pretty easy. Waiting on God to do so can be very hard. Especially when God doesn’t come through for a while.
However, we see him refrain from going ballistic and faltering in his faith. Instead, Noah chooses to wait well.
In the depth of his distress, Noah does what you and I should learn to do. Noah holds on to God.
Are you in that space in your business? The space between the entrepreneurial promise and the fulfillment of the promise? In the times you want to give up, don’t. Remember, Noah worked for years before God delivered him. Keep believing and keep moving. God’s timing is perfect.
Noah was also insulted during his waiting. This is even more of a reason to hold on to Christ in the waiting period. He is fighting for you. Though allegations fly in your business and the enemy assaults your mindset, though competitors and even employees try to cut you down and drag your name through the mud in the marketplace, though scrupulous vendors launch schemes and temptations for you to cheat roar, though you seek revenge as your flesh fails—your hope is in the One who fights for you. You and your business are safe in God’s love and in the power of His mighty name.
When we are asked to wait for the fulfillment of God’s vision for our business, instead of losing our patience or abandoning our reliance on God, we should cling to Him.
Keep believing. Cling on to God even more now than ever.
As entrepreneurs, we don’t like to wait.
It’s not that we need that thing we’re waiting for, it’s that we need more of God in our lives. That’s the secret to waiting – hold on to God even more in the waiting!
Godpreneur Rule – Godpreneurs hold on to God even more during waiting seasons.
Ask this Question: Do you think it is hard to wait?
Father, in the middle of the storm in my business I am setting my hope on You. You fight for me and You are greater than all my enemies. Nothing I face in my business today is more powerful than You. You are the solid ground beneath the foundation of my business. Give me peace while I wait. Envelope me with grace in the presence of my enemies, knowing that You see me and defend me and my business in Your love. Amen.