Genesis 39:2, NIV “The LORD was with Joseph and he prospered…”
When we think of prosperity, many things come to the minds of people; security, wealth, an abundance of resources, peace of mind etc. All of these are available in the presence of God. God was with Joseph, and Joseph prospered. The highest praise of a man’s business is to hear that the Lord is with them. Understanding this should stimulate you and I to covet the presence of God in our business.
We know theologically speaking that God is everywhere, and that is true, but He only manifests when we are aware of Him with our inner faculties. The story is told in Genesis 28:10- about Jacob at Beersheba, en route to Haran. He lay his head on a stone to sleep, and that night had a supernatural experience where he saw angels ascending and descending. Then the Lord appeared to him and reassured him of the blessing covenant made with Abraham which he inherited. Jacob wakes up and says in verse 16 “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” So all the while he thought it to be a general resting place, but it was a sacred spot (theologians postulate that it was one of the altars raised by Abraham). The point is something needed to be awakened in Jacob to be aware of the presence of God, and it was at that point he was able to receive from God.
The presence of God contains all that is needed to succeed in business. As you operate in business, carry a consciousness of God’s presence. As you are constantly aware of Him, you can ask Him questions, and He has all the answers you need (Uzziah sought God in the time of his reign over Judah, and as he did, the Lord caused him to prosper, 2 Chron.26:5). There’s also something about the sweetness of the presence that makes things attractive. Your business will be attractive to customers. Laban could not deny the fact that there was something working on Jacob’s life, and he had to seek out by divination what was going on, and he said to Jacob “…I have learned by divination that the LORD has blessed me because of you.” (Gen.30:27,NIV).
Scriptures to Meditate: Ps.16:8-11, Isa.48:17,21, 2 Chron.26:1-5, Ps.23:1