Back in 2014, I received a letter from the attorney of one of my clients saying my company was being named as a party in a lawsuit. The letter threatened that I could be sued for millions because of our involvement in their lawsuit. I was so afraid. Where was I going to pull money like this from? How was I going to pay the legal fees to help me defend myself from this terrible situation?
I called some lawyer friends. Some suggested I send a letter. Others suggested that I needed to shut down my operations. Others said I need to hire an attorney to represent me.
Finally, one of my friends and brother Christ told me that I just needed to do NOTHING. He said that these things usually settle in court and that chances are, I won’t hear about it again.
I took his advice, but the letters kept coming, and I kept getting more and more afraid that I’d be bankrupt and be forced to shut down my operations.
But then I listened to a great sermon that talked about putting my trust in God, and that He is our great defender! I started repeating this to myself over and over. Each new lawsuit updated letter came in, I’d look at it and say “God is my defender, I did nothing wrong here, God will vindicate me and guide me to move forward.”
It’s been years since I received any information about this. It’s almost as if the entire thing went way. Not a peep.
We Entrepreneurs are always faced with challenges that will test our trust in our great defender.
We might be waiting for a huge financial break. God will guide us.
We might be in the middle of a huge fight with our business partners. God will protect us.
We might have lost our direction and need to center ourselves again in our calling. God will guide us.
But what do we do when we’re trying to find a way to trust God, but it’s more difficult said than done? If you’re like me, this is sometimes the difficulty we face; mustering up the trust to keep pressing on.
Listen, trusting God isn’t easy at first, but it will be necessary for staying on track in our businesses for the rest of our lives.
The Bible says:
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Psalm 56:3 NIV
When you’re afraid in your business, your flesh naturally wants to kick into survival mode. Do the UN-natural thing: trust God. There is no other way to fight fear than with the fear of God Himself.
I’ve learned to associate the feeling of being afraid and fear to other thoughts that serve me and my business positively.
- Memorize verses of Trust – This is a great verse to associate to when faced with an unknown situation in business: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV). For a Godpreneur, there’s nothing stronger to fight the enemy of fear and doubt that the Word of God in the name of Jesus.
- Repeat Affirmations – another tactic I use is to repeat over and over “I trust in God’s process.” When you begin to repeat it enough times, you start to internalize it and believe it.
- Remember the Past – the only way these works is if you document all the times you trusted in God, and He came through for you! In times of difficulty, I often go back to my list of accomplishments and sprinkled in there are victories that came about because I trusted in God.
When we’re shouldering deep in our business struggle, and we’re having to wait for something, trust that God will protect, defend and guide you.
Imagine if all Godpreneurs trusted in God’s process as we grow our businesses. Imagine a world of people praising God, even as we wait because God hasn’t brought us through yet.
Godpreneurs turn to God in our fear.
Godpreneurs call out to Him when the trust is fading.
Godpreneurs put our trust in Him; He gives us peace in our businesses.
God wants to honor that kind or trust and He will not forsake our business ventures. There’s nothing stringer for our entrepreneurial career that God’s almighty promise to protect us, defend us, and guide us.