2 Chronicles 20:35-37 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:… Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
Do not make the mistake of only involving God in your spiritual affairs; He must be included in your financial and business affairs as well; that is how you do business with God.
It is not every business transaction that you should get involved in, doing business with God allows you to identify which ones you should stay away from. Dr. Mike Murdock shared his personal story of how he was desperately trying to acquire a real estate property and he was forced to make concessions after concessions because the seller would not respond positively to any of his requests. On the day that the transaction was slated to close he brought it to the attention of the Holy Spirit, he said the Holy Spirit’s response was “there is no favour in the transaction”, which effectively meant leave it alone. Realizing that a meeting was previously scheduled for closing the same day, he asked the Lord to fix it. When he arrived at the location the realtor said to him, “I hate to tell you this but the seller has come up with one more demand and he says he will not sell if that demand is not met”.That was his escape route that Dr. Murdock, so he told the realtor he was no longer interested. At the last minute Dr. Murdock decided to do the business with God’s involvement, ideally it should have been at the beginning.
Doing business without God will result in loss; that was the experience of Jehoshaphat, King of Judah. 2 Chronicles 20:35-37 records the story that Jehoshaphat joined himself to a joint venture partnership with Ahaziah king of Israel to build ships to go to Tarshish to trade gold. God did not approve of the partnership because Ahaziah was a wicked King. So God sent the prophet Elizier to tell Jehoshaphat that “because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works.” As was the word of the Lord so it was: the venture proved to be a total loss as the ships were destroyed before even reaching Tarshish.
Do business with God by being deliberate in applying biblical principles and enquiring of God prior to getting involved in business transactions; Jehoshaphat made the mistake of not doing either.
Life Application: Align your financial and business transactions to biblical principles and do not forget to seek the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Lord, I need you in every area of my life, including my financial transactions and business ventures. Take full control and direct my every move. In Jesus name, amen.