Updated: Dec 12, 2021
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to “restart” my business. One day things are going great, there’s momentum, the vision is clear, everyone’s on board, we’re making money.
Then, bad news.
Bad news has come in many forms. For me, it happened each time a partner of mine left the company. It also happened when I lost my biggest client. The latest one happened in November when I dropped the nightlife from my service list and the accountant told me I had a couple of weeks of survival before it was all over.
We’ve all had setbacks in our business. We have good days and bad days. But sometimes we get news so big that it rocks the entire foundation of your business, your plans for the future, and ultimately, your identity as an entrepreneur. We feel depressed, lonely, like a failure, like the dream is over.
I’ve been there, and it's likely I will be there again.
But there’s good news! God has a plan, and he wants us to REBUILD!
Yup! And in these next series of posts, we’ll look at the book of Nehemiah and how he was sent to REBUILD the city of Jerusalem.
Most of the time in the bible when something bad has occurred we see people going straight to God first.
In Nehemiah 1:4, he says:
“When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”
News about the destruction of Nehemiah’s beloved homeland evoked such a response in him. His feelings of patriotism, of concern for the Jews in Jerusalem, made him heartsick. But he didn’t just turn around and keep living his life defeated. In his distress, he wept bitterly and went to God in prayer for solace.
Step 1 of Restarting our businesses is going into prayer.
You don’t have to be in business long to know that bad news comes in 100 ways. God expects us to have trouble and concerns. But He has plans for those failures. God wants us to act, but he desires that we come to him first, in prayer, for guidance and direction.
What is your typical reaction to bad news or news that involves the danger of failure to your business? Did you pray?
Ask God to direct you to a particularly troubling issue in your business. Spend time praying and fasting for its resolution.