We live and work in a time of great marketplace uncertainty with no assurances of anything as it relates to business. Industries and jobs that were once powerful and seemed indestructible can now topple overnight. Security of a job is a lingering memory from days of old. We wonder from day to day when the next shoe will drop and what will be the impact on our jobs and companies. We want to think that we can find a sound footing but everything that was once solid is now not and we find ourselves slipping. It is not a time of assurance so we have to look beyond the corner office to find the peace and understanding that we actually need to do our jobs well and with confidence. The Prophet Habakkuk details a time and set of circumstances that feel very much like today and he also tells us where to look for the solutions to what is most troubling. Habakkuk 3:17-19 says: “Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He will make me as surefooted as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains.” Business is never easy to predict even in the best of times. In the roughest of times, we can only look to the words we are given and allow our faith to carry us through the days. But if we can, then we can know that there is joy to be had and that this too shall pass and we will find that sure footing that we each once had.
Reference: Habakkuk 3:17-19 (New Living Testament)