I am an attorney who litigates employment law matters, mostly issues of wrongful termination. I especially appreciate Jehoshaphat’s encouragement to his judges: remember this is “serious business” because you are applying God’s law, and you are to do so honestly without partiality.
Jehoshaphat directs his appointed judges and priests in each village of his kingdom to be “bold and diligent” and states “God will be with you” as you carry out your duties.
Everyday, I need the encouragement to be “bold and diligent.” Everyday, I need the assurance that if I proceed this way intent on following God’s will and direction, God will “be with me.”
The very nature of business, and especially the business of law and litigation, is that the outcomes are uncertain. The system is designed to produce a winner and a loser. The capitalist system is much the same generally: you compete in the market, and the best product or service wins.
In this system, worldly as it is, we must live and survive. Jehoshaphat speaks to us centuries later with good counsel: Bring God’s way of doing things into this “rough and tumble” world of conflict and discord. Enter into the fray with boldness and diligence, knowing that God is your guide, your strength, and your source.