By Lane A. Kramer
Recently, I met with a local Christian businessman in Dallas who proceeded to tell me that his business had run out of cash. He had violated the cardinal rule in business, “Thou Shall Not Run Out of Cash.” As CEO of his business, he was ultimately responsible for monitoring the inflow and outflow of cash in the business so that his business never ran out of cash.
The situation reminded me of the scriptural admonition (Proverbs 27:23, “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herd.”) For whatever reason, he was not paying close enough attention to the timing of when cash was coming in and going out of his business. The Company was already fully drawn on their line of credit at the Bank.
As a result, this President had to go to his earthly Father to ask for a cash infusion. Fortunately for the CEO, his Dad was gracious and understanding and wrote a check to give the company sufficient liquidity to pay its short term bills. However, had his Dad said NO, the company would not have been able to make payroll !
From time to time all of us will find ourselves in a jam, either one we caused or the result of someone’s else’s doing. So what are we to do? Fortunately, for Christians we have one to whom we can turn for every resource we will ever need in order to run our companies the way God wants them to be run. That is not to say that God will always bail us out from our foolish decisions that have put us in a real bind!
However, we know that our Heavenly Father is a good and gracious Father who is merciful and gracious to His family Members. (Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”) We can go to our Father in humble dependence and ask Him for what we really need, even when we find ourselves in a pickle! In fact this dependence on God is the way He wants our relationship with Him to be. He wants us to depend on Him at all times not just when we find ourselves in a pickle!
In our companies we might ask to give us a certain new customer or a particular new building, when He really knows that we need something else! He does not want to provide what is good but instead what will be BEST for our companies. We can maintain that quiet confidence, that He will provide what we need, when we need it, and in just the right fashion to run our companies in a God honoring way.
So the next time you have a need in your business, will you first turn to your banker, an employee, a vendor or your own flesh, or will you start by going to your Heavenly Daddy and ask Him in quiet confidence to be your true Source?
- 1. When did you recently find yourself in NEED in your business and what did you do in that situation? Did you try and meet your need in your own strength or did you take your need to God 1st?
- 2. Can you think of a time when you went to God with a business need and He answered your prayer request in a far better way than what you asked for?
- 3. Why are we often hesitant to go to God with our business or personal needs?
Lane A. Kramer, is President of The CEO Institute, www.ceoinst.com and also Founder & President of a workplace ministry called At Work On Purpose- North Texas. http://www.atworkonpurpose.org/northtexas/