Waiting on God in Your Business: Part 3 – Short-term Gain, Long-term Pain

God's promises for our businesses contain the best for us and when we bypass the process of waiting we give up the best for less.


There’s a certain type of client I like to work with. There’s a specific style of branding I like to do. I have a method and a process that fits me perfectly. When the perfect client comes along that meets all of the criteria, magic happens.

I also have not-so-perfect prospects that come knocking at my door needing branding work done. After a discovery call, it’s clear they are asking for something I can definitely do, but it’s not exactly my ideal client.

But when payroll is due on Friday, rent is due next week, and the bank account is low and I don’t know where the next client will come from, I take on the job. After all, I can get the work done, it’s just not the PERFECT client.

Guess what? As it turns out, the perfect clients are super happy and in and out the door with an awesome brand! The not-so-perfect client….well, not so much. Usually, those projects take longer, they pay less, and they aren’t fully satisfied with the end.

It’s not their fault. It’s mine.


My inability to wait gives birth to long-term chaos and confusion.

What if I would have said no to the not-so-perfect client? It might have given me time to find a perfect client, instead, I spent time doing a job I wasn’t meant to do. And maybe this client would have called the next branding person he knew and they would have been a perfect fit. Everyone would have been happy. And that client that didn’t find me because I was busy doing a not-so-perfect client, they ended up getting into a deal with someone else that wasn’t their ideal client either, and now they get a bad brand done.

All the chaos would have been avoided…if I just would have waited.

What happens when we are not willing to wait on the Lord in our businesses? What if we’re really desperate and we need to have that contract or hire that employee?

The bible says:

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.(Isaiah 40:31 NIV)

I love the story of Abraham and Sarah in the bible. Abraham received a promise from God that he would have a son of his own. Time passed, his wife Sarah got old, and it seemed impossible that she would ever have a kid. Then she got the brilliant idea to have her husband sleep with the maid, and this would be the fulfillment of the promise and everyone would live happily ever after. Not.

When we are not willing to wait on things in our businesses we will find ourselves resorting to desperate means and measures to fulfill a promise only God has the ability to fulfill.

Due to Abraham and Sarah’s inability to wait for the promise, chaos ensued in the home, the maid took her son and left, Sarah ended up finally getting pregnant (promise fulfilled), but to this day the struggle ensues between the people that came from the maid and the people that came from the promise.

God’s promises for our businesses contain the best for us and when we bypass the process of waiting we give up the best for less.

Are you in a place like this in your business? Are all the natural circumstances shouting that God has forgotten you, and you should get up and do something to help yourself achieve the promise faster?

Is it worth the risk to move ahead of God? The risk of passing up a better client, employee, or opportunity?

Today I pray that if the thought of giving up or trying your own way in your business is bombarding you, that you will take some time and ask God for help to wait on Him.

Here’s a verse of encouragement:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.(2 Peter 3:9 NIV)

The cure for impatience with the fulfillment of God’s timetable in your business is to always make sure you’re doing only what you were born to do. As entrepreneurs, God’s timetable will sometimes stretch into years, and we become discouraged and…want to give up or try to work something out on our own. We must believe His promises, obey His will, and leave the results to Him.