The Great Entrepreneurs of the Bible: Job – The First Rainmaker

| November 19, 2018

The Christian Professional Network presents this series of articles on the great entrepreneurs in the Bible.  Our series continues with Job.

The Book of Job is a famous account of a good man whose life went into crisis.  Our attention is immediately drawn to all the problems, and how he struggled to find understanding.

Easily overlooked is Job’s life before his troubles.  He was a very successful man — “the greatest man in the East.”

Every business venture returned profit.  He said that his steps were bathed with cream and rocks poured out rivers of oil for him.  Everyone wanted to be his partner.  He said that “they waited for me as for the rain.”  (Job 29: 6, 21 – 23).  Today we use the word “rainmaker” to describe someone who can bring business and profit into an enterprise – and Job was the first to have that title.

The key to Job’s success was his character; and his character can be described in one word: integrity.   Job said:  Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.  (27: 5).

His character and his integrity was the foundation of his success, not the result of it.  Twice God said to Satan that there is no one as good as Job on the earth, he is a blameless and upright man.  The first time (in Job 1), God said it when Job was the wealthiest man in the east, with his children well and his family secure.  In Job 2, God said it of Job when his children were dead, his money was gone, and he was in despair, but “he still holds fast to his integrity.”  Job 2: 3.

Integrity is a whole hearted devotion to a moral standard as a matter of personal honor.  To Job, his integrity is worth more than all of his possessions piled up in a heap.  When Satan attacked, Job could not hold onto his money or his health.  But he would hold to his integrity no matter what.  And God loved him for it.

What did this look like in practice and how was it demonstrated in real life?  Job himself gives us ten different areas of life in which he exercised integrity.

 

1. Integrity towards God

To Job, God is one Who does  great  things, and unsearchable,  marvelous  things without number. (5: 9).  Job never lost his sense of wonder, and God’s works never became commonplace or ordinary.  Every day there was something new and something great that the Lord would do.

2. Integrity in Worship and Service

 If I have observed the sun when it shines, or the moon moving in brightness, so that my heart has been secretly enticed … this also would be an iniquity… for I would have denied God who is above.  (31: 26 – 28)

Job sought to know and walk with God.  He was not much interested in religion.  In Job’s day, people went through religious rituals, giving reverence to the sun and moon and stars as gods.  But Job was not interested or satisfied with religion ritual – he wanted to know the Lord.

3. Integrity towards the  Bible

His lamp shone upon my head; and by His light I walked through darkness.  (29: 3, 4)

Job obviously did not have the Bible to read and study.  But Job understood that the Word of God is the lamp unto our feet and a light to our path.

Integrity towards the Bible means an intellectual honesty when you study it – not searching the Bible to find what you agree with, or to justify yourself, or to rationalize your actions. To Job, any way other than the Word of God led into darkness.

4. Integrity in Repentance

If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom, because I feared the great multitude.   (31: 33, 34)

Job was honest in repentance towards God, and before men.  He did not try to look good.  When he sinned, he confessed it before the Lord.

Our nature is to be like Adam – to hide our sin, to not tell anyone, to keep it inside.  We are afraid what others will think of us, because we fear the multitude.

But you cannot hide sin from the Lord, and Peter writes that you can be sure that your sins will find you out.

Every business writes off old unpaid bills.  That is what we should do with sin — write it off.  Confess it, repent of it, and get it off the books.

5. Integrity in your Family

 “I have made a covenant with my eyes;  Why then should I look upon a young woman?” (31: 1)

Job lives in fidelity with his spouse.  Many Christian marriages are destroyed by sexual sin.  Job makes a covenant with his eyes – he is going to be pure in his devotion to his spouse, to live in integrity and honor in his family.

6. Integrity towards your Friends

If the men of my tent have not said, “Who is there that has not been satisfied with meat?” But no sojourner had to lodge in the street, for I have opened my doors to the traveler. (31: 31)

Job speaks of those he calls the men of my tent – meaning his business partners. Job always did right by them, and generously shared the gains of his enterprises.

Those of our tent would include our partners in business, our partners in ministry, and always other Christians.  Paul wrote in Galatians Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household  of  faith.   (6: 10)

7. Integrity towards Those not your Friends.

“If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, or lifted myself up when evil found him (31: 29)

Clarence Darrell once said “I have never killed a man, but there are some obituaries that I have read with great pleasure.”  It’s easy to take quiet pleasure when bad things happen to people who have been less than pleasant to you.  But Job refused to rejoice in the destruction of his enemies.  He took no pleasure when bad things happen to bad people.

Paul wrote in Romans 12 that we should bless those who persecute us.  Jesus commanded us to love our enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who wrongfully use you.  He not only said it, He did it.  Even on the cross He prayed for those who hated Him, and those who did evil to Him.

8. Integrity with Money

“If I have made gold my hope,  or said to fine gold, `You are my confidence’;  If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gained much;  …   This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment” (31: 24- 28)

Job never confused confidence in riches with confidence in the Lord.  He understood that riches could fail him (and did fail him), but that the Lord never would.

9. Integrity towards Employees

“If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant when they complained against me, what then shall I do when God rises up? …  Did not He who made me in the womb make them?” (31: 13 – 15)

Job treated those in his employ with dignity.  He listened to their concerns, he responded to their needs, and he respected their criticisms.  He did not consider himself above them – but rather understood that we are all made by God, and that the Lord values equality among us.

10. Integrity in Society

 Because I delivered the poor who cried out, the fatherless and the one who had no helper. The blessing of a perishing man came upon me, and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.  … I was eyes to the blind, and I was feet to the lame. (29: 12 – 15)

Job made social justice his cause and he moved through a world of hurt, injustice, and despair with mercy and compassion.  He was quick to help those who could not help themselves.  Job was beloved by his society, and also was beloved by God.

There are rich men and women for whom their money is only a means to their ease and a trophy to their pride.  Christians in business should be like Job, living before the Lord, governed by His Word, and holding to that despite the ups and downs of the business cycle.  To such men and women, I believe that Lord still points and says to a cynical world: Have you considered my servant – perfect and upright, and still holding to his integrity. 

 


Category: Entrepreneurs

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Email | Website | Thomas Schetelich is a founding principal in the law firm of Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew in Baltimore, Maryland, and a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar. He heads both the firm’s corporate/ business law practice and its personal legal services department. He is an AV rated attorney awarded for highest standards of professional skill and ethical practice. Mr. Schetelich devotes much of his practice to assisting charitable and religious organizations, and is the President of The Christian Professional Network. He is a frequent speaker on Biblical and legal matters throughout the United States.