The God Factor
by: Ellene Meece
There were hundreds of trained Israelite soldiers who were much more qualified to do battle with Goliath than David. But their responses to Goliath's threats were cowardly fear and frustration.
David on the other hand didn't seem to be distressed at all. What was the difference? He knew it was God's battle--not his. Without the God Factor, he knew he didn't stand a chance. But with God, he was confident that everything would be a success.
Have you ever been a participant in a SWOT Analysis in your company or organization? It's an exercise where all the leaders, staff and sometimes employees come together to identify the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats regarding that business. It's generally an integral part of strategic planning at the beginning of a venture or calendar cycle. The results give a clear picture of what your organization is facing-- not only taking advantage of the perceived strengths and opportunities, but also how to overcome the weaknesses and threats.
However, what this exercise does not include is the GOD FACTOR. Using David's situation facing Goliath as an example, what if he had trusted in his own Strength? What if David decided this was an Opportunity to further his career and get media attention? Or on the other hand, what if he had only focused on his own Weaknesses and could only see how big the Threat was that was facing him?
With the God Factor, we can reapply the SWOT Analysis:
STRENGTH: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
WEAKNESS: "And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong."
II Corinthians 12: 9-11
OPPORTUNITY: "Making the very most of the time-- buying up each opportunity, because the days are evil."
THREAT: "Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness."
Stopping to evaluate our personal lives and situations in which we find ourselves is good. It is also good to evaluate our business or organization to assess what is ahead. But, in doing so, do not forget to add the God Factor. It makes all the difference.
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