September 26, 2021 3:57 pm

Not to Decide Is to Decide – And When I First Learned That, It Was Enlightening and Liberating!

Imagine a father telling his son to do something only to meet with this response, “Thanks. I will think about it.”

When God the Father tells me to do something I should move fast and quickly.
Jesus said to those businessmen in the fishing industry, “Come, follow me.” Immediately, they left their nets and followed Jesus Christ. That led to a most exciting and adventurous life. Delayed obedience is really disobedience.

“There is a right time and a right way to do everything.”

Timing is important in every area of life – business, sport, music, friendship. It is a skill to be learned. This rhythm of work and rest has been called ‘walking in the Spirit”.

I need to move urgently when I know I have to ask or offer forgiveness. Holding on to guilt, grudges, or grievances, can affect one’s health and wellbeing.

Being faced with temptation is a scenario for exiting immediately. Joseph knew how to flee temptation when serving in Potiphar’s household.

If you do not want to be stung by bees, get away from the hive!

Having taken vows, and made promises to God, involves us in acting faithfully and expeditiously.

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.”

Small businesses find themselves short of cash when ‘big boys’ are slow or late in paying suppliers.

Serious economic predicaments could be quite easily resolved by following biblical principles.

We have been hearing, again this year, of various businesses getting into serious financial hardship because suppliers were not honouring their invoices in a reasonable period of time.

Do people never see how what God has said in His holy Word when applied in a practical manner and dimension seeks to solve and resolve many of the debilitating circumstances which have to be faced on a regular basis in the line of ordinary business – and in every other field – particularly justice – but that must await another day for writing.

God’s offer regarding salvation in and through Jesus Christ is frequently delayed.
I will attend to that when I am older, or when ‘things’ settle down – but we soon discover ‘things’ never settle down. We do it now, because we have no guarantee of tomorrow.

Not to decide is to decide!

When I first learned that truth it was so enlightening. To delay is a decision. To delay paying an account is a most unfair decision – in fact we need to call it what it really is – it is a deliberate sin.

It dishonours and disobeys God’s holy Word – and some may even think it is clever – and perhaps even wise – not in God’s eyes!

This one issue which causes so much ‘worry’ and tension and stress in business could be dealt with in a very short time if only people knew the principles behind God’s ways for mankind and business ethics – I only wish I could reach more people to teach this at Business Courses in our Colleges and Universities!

Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland. He has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, 12 visits to Israel, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya.


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