(A note for those who are following along with the chapter-a-day: we’re splitting up Psalms, which is 150 chapters, into five groups of 30 chapters and doing some other books between them. Yesterday we finished the second group with Psalm 60. Today we start the book of Exodus.)
A new king came to power in Egypt who didn’t know Joseph. Exodus 1:8 (TM)
"It’s not what you know; it’s who you know," the saying goes. I’ve found that to be true, just like the Israelites did in the first chapter of Exodus.
In business, our consulting group is often brought in by a, President, Senior Vice-President or a manager to work with their company. When there is a regime change within the management team we may suddenly find ourselves getting escorted to the door. If you can get a good introduction to the new sheriff in town, and show them the value of your work, you might be okay. When things are completely out of your control, your faith gets tested.
There is, however, a lesson to be learned in these seemingly random changes in the direction of the wind. Ultimately, God is in control. Perhaps God knew that the Israelites would flourish in Egypt, where there were adequate resources, in a way the would not have in Canaan. He knew the lessons He needed to teach the Israelites in the coming Exodus. The calling of Moses and giving of the law were all part of the plan.
In the same way, I’ve learned that what happens today may have a purpose tomorrow. The V.P. who left the company and lost us our contract will end up at another company. We may get hired there. The new V.P. may end up giving us even more work. The shake up in management may have been an indicator that the situation at that company were sinking fast, and it’s a good thing for us not to be on deck when the ship goes down. After a while, I’ve learned not to spend to much time questioning these things. Just trust God and keep working hard.
The economy is in the tank right now. Which means we should be losing business. Instead, we’re having our best year ever. That could change tomorrow, but today it’s true. At staff last week my partner reminded everyone in our group that we know the One who ultimately controls the economy.
It’s not what you know; it’s Who you know.