Negotiate Effectively

Monday, February 10, 2020

Month Theme: Spiritual Warfare and the Jubilee

Topic: Negotiate Effectively

Scripture Reading: Genesis 32:5-28

Main Text:
Genesis 32:26
And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

Esau negotiated badly and lost his birthright. He traded his birthright for a morsel of food (Genesis 25:29-34). His descendants also had to settle for the blessing of crumbs instead of the birthright. When Jacob struggled with the angel, he had to ignore his personal pain and asked to be blessed. He was not ready to be freed from pain quickly. He had to secure a blessing for himself and for posterity (Genesis 32:24-27). His pain became the gain of his family. The pains we go through while we pursue supremacy ultimately become the gain of our families in the future.

Many people just consider their personal gain and trade off the destiny of their families. Now that you can wrestle, you have to negotiate for the best wages and conditions. Don’t wait until you are weak before you negotiate for what you deserve. Negotiate when your your gifts and strength are at their peak. If you negotiate when you are on the decline, you may have to settle for less. You can get the best deals only when your gifts are operating at maximum capacity.

Jacob gave the angel conditions for his release because he knew that he had the power to dictate the conditions. If the angel was winning, it would have been presumptuous for Jacob to give the conditions – “I will not let thee go, except thous bless me.” Negotiate when people cannot do without you. Bargain when your price is high. It requires a lot of boldness and wisdom.

Prayer: Ask God to give you the wisdom and boldness to negotiate effectively.

Recommended Reading:
“The Jubilee” by Eastwood Anaba
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