Seven out of ten new businesses make it past two years of
age, according to the SBA, and about 50% survive at least five years.
Businessman Steve Marr chalks up these successes to an attention to detail.
“Small tasks done well add up to a successful project,” Marr
writes in Business Proverbs. “Watch the small steps, like the prompt return of
phone calls to customers, packing each order securely, being courteous at the
front desk, or serving meals hot and fresh in your restaurant.”
But what do we do when we are on the other side of these
numbers, when we have done everything right and still our business or project
fails? Do we doubt our faith, asking why the Lord didn’t provide for us? Do we
blame sin in our lives or question whether we actually heard from God in the
beginning? Let me suggest that though this failure may feel like a stumble
through the valley of the shadow of death, it probably is the Lord’s work to equip
Think of the Lord’s people from the past? Did believers ever
have their crops wasted, even when they did everything properly? Sure they did,
and what was the Lord’s response? He called them to trust him. Though our plans
may not work out as we expect, the Lord, who knows everything from beginning to
end, will lead us through the struggle for his glory. Isn’t that what trust
means—that we continue to carry on when we can’t understand the intended
“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In
any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty
and hunger, abundance and need” (Philippians 4:11-12 ESV).
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the
conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old
received their commendation” (Hebrews 11:1-2 ESV).