"Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me" - Psalm 51:4 (NIV).
Is there anyone who has never made a mistake in life! A mistake has been described as an "act or decision which is misguided or wrong!" King David, the man after God's heart, made a mistake of taking a man's wife, who was away at war (2 Samuel 11)!
Mistakes depending on the degree always have consequences. In the case of David he would loose the child born as a result of that illicit encounter (2 Samuel 12). In life there can be simple mistakes like mixing up dates to attend a birthday of someone; others can be near fatal, as when a surgeon botches up due to misinformation with a faulty procedure. A war General could put the lives of hundreds of his battalion members at risk by ordering them to cross into enemy territory based on wrong information. A huge mistake that can costs many lives.
When one makes a mistake, as we all do, two things can happen. If a mistake is made the slighted party may feel grievously harmed and without an apology the relationship may be damaged. One of course may resist to offer an apology and insist there is nothing wrong. The danger here is that without acknowledging a mistake then one cannot learn from it. King David once the prophet Nathan brought to his attention that he had made a mistake, acknowledged his sin and repented, "For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight" (Psalm 51: 3-4).
If you have a made a mistake, like falling into sin, do not be so hard on yourself. Like King David, acknowledge, repent and cry out God as he did. For "Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call" (Isaiah 59:1).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for that mistake in my life, I bring it to you, that you may erase it as you have promised by your word and restore me afresh for your glory, this I pray in Jesus's name!
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“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).
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).
The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).
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.