We see this on our currency but do we really take it seriously? Do we really trust God or do we trust more in our own efforts? As business owners we set out into, many times, unchartered waters and instead of relying on God for direction, we rely solely on our knowledge and experience rushing into opportunities thinking we’re going to hit the jackpot.
Whether we believe it or not we’ve all been created with a purpose. In one way or another we serve each other through the gifts and anointing we’ve been blessed with. As real estate entrepreneurs we’ve been blessed and cursed with the strongest of personalities. It’s that type “A” personality trait that makes us invincible, like we can conquer any mountain. It can also leave us the most vulnerable – vulnerable to our own misguided and over-zealous nature to reach
Over the years, with much help from Sharon, I’ve had to learn that we need to wait on God before we move. WAIT!!! You’ve got to be kidding – we have the most incredible opportunity in the world staring us dead in the face and you want us to wait on God?! What happened to all that talk of jumping on opportunity when it comes at you!?! Calmly she’ll reply, as she usually does, “We’ve been down this road before and He’s never failed us.” Despite my valiant but ill-fated efforts to convince her otherwise, I know deep down that she is right. When we have waited on God, He has never failed us.
It’s during these times that I think back to the stories of 9/11 survivors and how, due to some minor inconvenience that delayed them on their way into work that morning, their lives were spared. Although most of our decisions to make an investment are not life-or-death, they can haunt you for many years to come. Trust me on this one; we know all too well the pain that comes with making hasty decisions instead of waiting and trusting God for His direction.
So how do we know when to trust God? That answer is – always. The question should be – How do we trust Him? This question is most relevant when we’re facing what seems like insurmountable challenges. At the beginning I mentioned that we see the inscription, “In God We Trust”, on our currency, which is inspiring but I believe has lost its value much like the currency it’s printed on due to our lack of trust. I’m not saying that trusting God has lost its value; it’s us as a nation that has devalued that trust. As a nation we’ve been blessed unlike any other in such a short timeframe. If you study history, we are the most prosperous nation in the world and we did it relatively quickly in relation to other nations.
How did we do this? It was the trust our founding fathers placed in God that laid the foundation for our nation to be propelled into greatness. Think about it. Here’s this miniscule nation with not much but the willingness of its citizens to lay it all on the line to be free against, at the time, one of the most powerful nations in the world and win. Just like David and Goliath, David had built his trust in God to the point that he could face a giant of over nine feet, armored to the hilt and still defeat him with a single throw of a stone.
To answer the question of how do we trust Him, it’s going to take steps of faith. David didn’t fight Goliath without first having gone through other tests. David had experience fighting other animals during his time as a shepherd. Trusting God, his courage had steadily increased and when faced with a giant, he didn’t hesitate because he knew that God was with him.
As real estate investors, there will come a time where we may have all of the knowledge in the world about what we know how to do but when you put your trust in Him, He’ll deliver you every time. Sharon and I have over 30 years of combined real estate investing experience and yet no matter how good a deal looks we seek the Lord for His direction. If you’ve ever had that gut feeling about something, we chalk it up to the Holy Spirit telling us this is or is not a good deal. There are several opportunities that we’ve passed on over the years and realized afterward how God protected us. There have been others that it wasn’t until many years later that we could see how taking on that opportunity or working with a particular person would have been a nightmare.
When facing an opportunity that looks great and even those that don’t look great, take time to seek His will and you’ll discover how trusting Him can lead to great rewards or can save you from a huge mistake that could cost you. What if I’ve never heard Him? That’s a great question.
How do you recognize your spouse’s voice, your parent’s or your children’s voice? You converse with them. That’s exactly what you have to do with God. Talk to Him regularly and you’ll begin to recognize His voice. Remember that gut feeling I spoke about earlier? That’s Him.
Take the time to know Him by reading His word and praying, and you’ll learn how to trust Him in all you do – not just business.
Do you trust in God?