Mustard Seed Faith in Business
Sometimes when we see or read about how our Lord works in today’s world, it seem a bit unrealistic, even hard to believe. I often think why would He bother with me or my problems? Who am I to ask the God of the universe to heal my pains or handle my situations? There are so many other things in the world that need His hand. I’m really nobody in the grand scheme of things, right? Wrong!
I see His hand in my daily life. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve lost 3 events amounting to roughly $10,000 in revenue, yet all our bills are paid and all of that revenue has been or is being replaced with new events. When your business is dependent on factors well outside your control, i.e. weather and time (only so many hours in the day or weekends in the year), faith is your only tool against the constant and condemning voice of the enemy.
If our Lord can fix plastic bags (read the story below), He can help you. Just remember, when troubles come, the answer or solution may be very different from what you expect. Pray, wait for His answer, then act on His direction.
Mustard Seed Faith in Business
by Os Hillman
“He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’” – Matthew 17:20
Does God do miracles in business? Is He concerned about the mountains we face in our work life? Does He want us to bring the everyday problems we face in the workplace to His attention? The answer to every one of these questions is yes. God wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives.
Gunnar Olson, the Swedish founder of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce, tells a story about God performing a miracle in his own business a few years ago. He owns a plastics company in Sweden. They make huge plastic bags that are used to cover bales of hay in the farmlands across Europe. It was the harvest season and they were getting ready to ship thousands of pallets of these bags to their customers. More than 1,000 pallets were ready to ship when an alarming discovery was made. Every bag on the warehouse floor had sealed shut from top to bottom. Scientists declared the entire stock as worthless trash. Nothing could be done. The company would go out of business.
Gunnar, his wife, and children sought the Lord in prayer about this catastrophe. The Holy Spirit spoke through various family members. The wife said, “If God can turn water into wine, what are plastics?” The daughter said, “I don’t believe this is from the Lord. We should stand against it.” Gunnar sensed they were to trust God for a miracle in this situation. They began to pray. They took authority over this mountain of a problem based on Matthew 17, which gave them the authority to cast a mountain into the sea if faith only the size of a mustard seed could be exercised. The following Monday they went to the warehouse and laid hands on every pallet asking the Lord to restore the bags to their original condition. It took several hours. Later, the employees began to inspect the bags. As they inspected the bags, they discovered that every single bag had been restored to its original condition! An incredible miracle had taken place.
What obstacles have been placed in your life that need a miracle today? Could God be setting the stage in your life for you to trust Him at new levels you’ve never trusted before? God sets the stage to allow His power to be revealed for those willing to exercise the faith of a mustard seed. All things are possible with God.