As a Christian business owner, who you choose to help you run your business one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. You could sit through the best MBA programs in the nation, and it is likely that they will not prepare you for the most important decisions you’ll ever make in business, because those decisions are all about people and about your instincts in hiring the right person.
In 2 Samuel 15, we have the story of Absalom working over four years to steal the hearts of the people of Israel away from David his father who is currently the king. Apparently he was able to engage in his subversive activities without David ever knowing what he was doing. But he was skillful enough in subverting the kingdom away from David Levy was able to make himself king for a brief period of time while causing David to flee from Jerusalem in order to save his life. This subversive activities and usurpation of David’s authority is described in versus 1-4:
“In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him. 2 He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, “What town are you from?” He would answer, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.” 3 Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you.” 4 And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice.” 5 Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. 6 Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.”
As you can see, Absalom successfully deceived the people into believing three things:
- David would not hear their case
- David was not competent to rule on their case even if he did hear it
- In order for justice to return to Israel, Absalom himself needed to be appointed judge in the land
At the core of his deceit is the truth that in their day, became was the individual who administered justice throughout the land. To call into question David’s competence and willingness to hear the people’s claims for justice and then to assert that he himself should be king, was a clear usurpation of David’s authority and the pinnacle of arrogance.
All too often, in successful organizations, whether they are churches or businesses or political institutions, those who are one step below the senior leadership of the organization often are tempted to usurp authority and to vie for the ultimate power in that organization. Godly leaders should be aware of this temptation and should put in place systems and/or ways of quietly checking up on their #2’s. It is simply a fact of life that people who are close to power will want to have that power for themselves. Power and authority can be very intoxicating and can corrupt even some of the best people on this earth.
But there is also a deeper truth here that we need to realize. Satan engages in the very activities in which Absalom engaged. Our enemy will move within our hearts in our mind’s to cause us to believe that God does not hear us, then he is distant and disinterested in what we need and in gaining justice in our own lives. He will plant thoughts on our habits that perhaps God is not competent or strong enough to deal with the injustices and the problems in our lives. And then he will offer a different god for us to follow. That God may be money, fame, power or a host of other idols to which we can bow down. He will tempt us to think that these idols will give us all that we need for life, prosperity, happiness and security. But just bear in mind that he will only be feeding you lies.
God does hear us. He is more than competent to manage our lives and the problems within them. God is Almighty, everlasting, powerful and 100% sovereign over all of the affairs of this earth. We do not need to replace God with anything. Do not fall for the temptation that God does not hear and that he does not care. Do not believe the lie that he is somehow incompetent or unable to bring justice to your life and to deliver you from the hands of your enemies. God is fully able and he is a shield to those who put their trust in him.
In order to hear the voice of God, you first have to believe that his heart is with you and that he is worthy of your trust. If you believe that he doesn’t hear or that he doesn’t care, then you are much less likely to seek his voice when you’re making decisions and to trust that his leaving is the right leaving for your life. If you’re wavering in your face and in your belief in God, then take the next 30 days and spend at least an hour with God in prayer and in reading his word. Let him transform your life and your face so that you will come to a place where you have steadfast faith in his character and in his abilities. Those who trust in the Lord are protected by God. Those who wait on the Lord will find their strength renewed. As you run your business today, may God richly bless you and draw close to you as you draw close to him.
Associate, The Platinum Group