Are you facing trouble in your business or career? As you read the
following verses, be reminded that career people and businessmen here are
likened to seamen in ships. The great waters signify the big world of
competition, an ocean of activity. "They that go down to the sea in
ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord,
and his wonders in the deep. For He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy
wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. . . . They reel to and fro, and
stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end" (Psalm 107:23-27).
These people are God's beloved saints. They are in awe of His greatness
and power, but a storm breaks out that is beyond their control. It is not
judgment for sin, yet suddenly waves are swamping them, swallowing up
their boat. They are staggered by problems on all sides, and it looks as
if their ship is going down. Suddenly they are confused and perplexed:
"Their soul is melted because of trouble" (verse 26). Many career people
have told me, "It looks bad. I don't know what happened, but suddenly I'm
in a mess." They were able to solve their own problems in the past, and to
escape one crisis after another. With this trial, however, there seems to
be no way of escape. They are mentally and physically exhausted.
How easily we forget that our loving heavenly Father is our partner in our
work, regardless of our career or calling. Indeed, nothing happens to us
without His involvement. He has power over all our difficulties and He has
a reason and purpose behind them all. What can you do when your business
partner has no advice and consultants cannot help you?
Where do you turn when your spouse, your pastor, your best friend has
nothing to say to you?
I am not a businessman but I can point you to the seamen in Psalm 107:
"Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of
their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof
are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them
unto their desired haven" (Psalm 107:28-30).