Lord , you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. Psalm 16:5 NIV
Businesses come and go. Fortunes are made and lost. Communities crumble and triumph. Organizations develop and deteriorate. The Lord protects His own.
Serving the Lord of Creation for four decades, I have never seen Him fail my family, friends, finances, or community. He is faithful even when we fail to follow.
Yes, I have seen horrid and untimely death. I have seen people lose home and property. Yet, these were not the Lord’s doing or desire. He is a Father Protector for those that allow.
“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” Sigmund Freud
All need protection and leadership. You need fathers in faith and life. Father God works direct and through others. I am gratefull for the mentors and fathers that have watched over me and coached. Men in business, community, and faith have exampled strength, character, and faithfulness. If you only follow self, you are walking in circles. None stays fully faithful, except THE Father.
He is a portion and supply. A good mentor walked into my office with a sizeable, surprise bonus. According to company rules, I was not eligible. He went to bat for me and got it done. He taught me gratefulness comes bearing gifts. My portion was increased. The Father increases my portion. Faithful in little becomes trusted with more. He is my portion and He is huge. He increases me.
He is a cup and vision. Most business professionals have a favorite cup. A mug sits on the desk for coffee or water or tea. Me? I rotate my cup based on current project. A Dad’s University cup and a grandpa cup are my current favorites. And I have many others given as gifts from kids and friends. The cup is a sign of blessing and focus. The Father is my cup, reminder, blessor, builder, focus and vision.
He makes your lot and assignment secure. A group of executives under which I served for a season gave me a good lot. Then they shifted vision and offered me a bad lot. A lot is a place in which to prosper. In the good lot I could prosper them and me. In a bad lot, they prospered and I did not. Win lose propositions are always lose lose. I had to leave and they lost all the prosperity. The Father makes our lot secure, solid, longlasting. He does not shift the terms so quickly we can not adjust. He watches and builds. When I have hit rough times, He enters with new and consistent opportunities to be supported and grow. They can be tough, but they will prosper you. He is not a trickster.
Portion, cup, and lot give us a track on which to grow. Supply, vision, and assignment might be another way to say it. Be strong in these three. Cover yourself with stability through established mentors. Depend on the Father to be the core supply and security of all three.