October 25, 2019 • Life for Leaders
I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 16:7-8 (NIV)
Lord, these days it seems as if there are more consultants than ever before. There are consultants for branding and HR, consultants for marketing and hiring, consultants for operations and finance, consultants for building and master planning, and so many more.
Surely some consultants offer valuable wisdom, for which I thank you. But I am reminded today that you are the ultimate consultant, the one who gives me the best counsel. Your advice isn’t only for my personal life. Rather, you guide me in everything I do if I pay attention to you. You help me to work in a way that is just, ethical, and fruitful. You guide my decisions, speaking to my heart both day and night if I listen to you.
Even as I learn from consultants and other so-called experts, may I attend most of all to you, to your Word found in Scripture, to your truth conveyed through the Spirit, to your wisdom embodied in the community of your people. May I keep my eyes always on you, Lord.
If I stay close to you, you will guide me in the best ways to go. With you at my right hand, I will not be shaken. I will remain secure and steadfast, positioned for a life of fruitfulness. Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day:
God is available to you, the best consultant you’ll ever have.
For Further Reflection:
Terry Looper is a business leader who has learned how to seek and receive God’s guidance for every part of life, including his work. He has shared how to let God be your chief counselor is his fine book, Sacred Pace: Four Steps to Hearing God and Aligning Yourself With His Will. I commend this book to you. Also, Terry and I have created an interactive learning module on the Fuller Formation digital platform. You may want to check it out: Inviting God Into Work Decisions.
Explore more at The High Calling archive, hosted by the Theology of Work Project:
The Pleasures of Living With God
Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.