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28/12/2020 03:00 - 29/12/2020 02:00

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
—Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)

Life is much a passage of seasons. In the temperate world seasons revolve from winter, spring summer, and autumn. In the tropics there are rainy and dry seasons. The  beauty about this cycle of seasons is that as one season comes to an end there is ever an opportunity to look forward to a new brighter season. A harsh winter is greeted with the expectation of a beautiful spring. A long and dry season is forgotten as one welcomes in a rainy season.

After a year where one might have experienced all manner of challenges, there is one thing that could help, letting go of the past, and looking afresh to brighter seasons ahead. Indeed, one of the defining aspects of those that believe in the God of Abraham is that He is in the business of beginning afresh. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV). This was the case with one of the prisoners alongside Jesus who cried, “remember me when You come into Your kingdom!”  And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).

The year could have had all sorts of setbacks, but, scriptures say, “Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning” ( Lamentations 3:23). As one looks forward to crossing in the new year, let the past only serve as a useful experience! But one should not become a prisoner of a harsh past. There are better seasons ahead. By trusting in God one should look forward to better days ahead. “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.” —Joel 2:25 (ESV)

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the encouragement of your word: forgetting the past and looking forward to better seasons ahead because of your promises of the new life that is in you!

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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.

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