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Aristotle once said “a promise made must be a promise kept”! Through the beautiful scriptures we find mortals making promises to the Almighty God, who takes them at their word, and blesses them. Once there was a man  called “Elkanah son of Jeroham… who had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none” (1 Samuel 1: 1-2).  To make matters worse, “her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her” (vv 6).

In her anguish Hannah, did an amazing thing. She turned to God and made a promise if only He could come to her rescue and relieve her of her burden. “Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.  And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life..” (vv 10-11).

The Lord heard Hannah, and gave her hearts desire; a child was born to her. Hannah did not forget the promise she made to God, “She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him” (vv 20). But Hannah even went beyond; much as she had longed for a child, she decided to dedicate her son Samuel into the service of the Lord. She took him to Eli the priest and reminded him of her promise, “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord” (vv 27- 28).

Any of us could be faced with a situation, no less severe than the infertility Hannah grappled with, causing us a lot of heartache. Taking after Hannah, we might just as well make a promise to God and say the Lord’s prayer, “let thy will be done!”

And where the Lord honors our prayer request, let us hasten to honor our promise. Incidentally, we later find Samuel would grow into a mighty man of God who among others anointed King David, recognized by all, as a prophet from God. You can imagine how pleased his mother, Hannah, was!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I submit a gentle request with a promise, that once you honor it according to your will, I will remember the good thing you did for me, and  gladly fulfill my promise to you as Hannah did; this I pray in Jesus’s name.

 

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    Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.

    The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).

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    Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.

    And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).

    When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!

    Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.

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