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And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
The Small Business Association states that 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open, 50% during the first five years and 66% during the first 10. Investopedia lists six major reasons why new businesses fail. In my experience, as a former business owner, I can testify with certainty that the causes enumerated by Investopedia hinge upon the very first one in their list; that being, “Not Investigating the Market”. Simply put, it is a lack of adequate preparation.
Over the course of fifty-seven years as a Christian I have seen many people drop out of the race; me included. Yes, there was a time when I was not walking the walk; regrettably, I was not even talking the talk. No, I did not lose my salvation, but my self-imposed exile from all things that are Godly caused me to experience tremendous personal failures. Needless to say, my own preparation was inadequate. Preparation comes by way of planning, research and provision. Done in advance, they give us a good beginning and properly attended to…they keep us on the right path.
The activities of daily living will test our wisdom. Our initial insight (preparation) may have helped us today, but it might not be adequate for the challenges that we face on the very next day. We can apply what we have already learned, but we must reinforce our initial learning with continued research. Such needs to be a daily process of investigation, examination and exploration; simply put, we need to study! The scriptures give us specific guidelines to sustain the wisdom that comes from God.
And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
I am certain that all of us would prefer an orderly, peaceful and fruitful life; living in the praxis of the calm virtues of life, avoiding personal failures and peacefully pursing our work.
The Word of God does not teach that a person should neglect his occupation. It requires no one to give up an honest calling. It asks no one to forsake a useful occupation; unless we can exchange it for one more useful. It instructs us to maintain habits of devotion, improve our minds and hearts by the study of truth and to do good to others as we have an opportunity. Such preparation leads to Godly wisdom and is in accordance with his will; so as the verse tell us,…ask any thing according to his will…because we need to be prepared and failure should never be an option.