This is the continuation of an INTROSPECT article on Iloilo Businesses after Coronavirus.
Before I share in here what God showed me one time in my prayer last week, let me bring in what God wants to say to Iloilo City and its businessmen. God wants to bring His presence back to the way businesses would operate; the faith even when we do business. We have to bring in and maintain the God factor in our midst. God is taking back His rightful place not only in the church but also in the businesses. How many businesses would say “Glory to God!“, “Praise God!“, “This is yours, God!“, “What are we going to do, God?” both in abundance and in lack?
THE GOD FACTOR
Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.
– Psalm 127:1-2
God is bringing back Psalm 127:1-2 into our system. Though, I am clearly not stating coronavirus came from God. However, too many times, we forget God in our busy schedules, glamorous achievements, pressures, and problems, even in our planning. We cannot take God out from the equation. In fact, God is the equation of all things! Let me cite the exposition of Charles Spurgeon.
“Note that the Psalmist does not bid the builder cease from laboring, nor suggest that watchmen should neglect their duty, nor that men should show their trust in God by doing nothing: nay, he supposes that they will do all that they can do, and then he forbids them fixing their trust in what they have done, and assures them that all creature effort will be in vain unless the Creator puts forth his power, to render second causes effectual…” – Charles Spurgeon
The God Factor is doing what we know we can do yet trust in what God can do.
“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows. Because the Lord is mainly to be rested in, all carking care is mere vanity and vexation of spirit. We are bound to be diligent, for this the Lord blesses; we ought not to be anxious, for that dishonors the Lord, and can never secure his favor. Some deny themselves needful rest; the morning sees them rise before they are rested, the evening sees them toiling long after the curfew has tolled the knell of parting day. They threaten to bring themselves into the sleep of death by neglect of the sleep which refreshes life. Nor is their sleeplessness the only index of their daily fret; they stint themselves in their meals, they eat the commonest food, and the smallest possible quantity of it, and what they do swallow is washed down with the salt tears of grief, for they fear that daily bread will fail them. Hard-earned is their food, scantily rationed, and scarcely ever sweetened, but perpetually smeared with sorrow; and all because they have no faith in God, and find no joy except in hoarding up the gold which is their only trust.” – Charles Spurgeon
God is calling all businessmen these days in Iloilo to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith. If you hear him calling you, do not harden your heart. Call upon His name. His Name is Jesus Christ, the son of the Almighty God. Do not lose the God factor in your business and even in your personal life. Accept Him into your living room, comfort room, dining room, and sleeping room. Accept Him into your whole life. Take Him in as your Lord and Savior, calling unto His Name from wherever you are, the Name above all names.
Let us keep God as He keeps us in Him.
“It is to be hoped that those who built Solomon’s temple were allowed to work at it steadily and joyfully. Surely such a house was not built by unwilling laborers. One would hope that the workmen were not called upon to hurry up in the morning nor to protract their labors far into the night; but we would fain believe that they went on steadily, resting duly, and eating their bread with joy. So, at least, should the spiritual temple be erected; though, truth to tell, the workers upon its walls are all too apt to grow cumbered with much serving, all too ready to forget their Lord, and to dream that the building is to be done by themselves alone. How much happier might we be if we would but trust the Lord’s house to the Lord of the house!” – Charles Spurgeon
Let Jesus be the Lord over our house, business and city. I guess you got this already loud and clear. Now, let me share to you what God showed me in my prayer time last week about Iloilo City and its businesses.