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10/11/2023 - 11/11/2023 All day

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).

In certain cultures blessing one another is not normal. You get a sense of that with their naming. For example, certain names are actualy given like to spell an omen on someone. When examined there are multiple names here in Africa and in Uganda in particular which literally spell a curse on someone or even pronounce death. You may ask around!

The opposite though was found among the Hebrews. Aware of the power of the tongue we find an emphasis to pronounce blessing not just with names but also events. A case in point is just before she was released for marriage to a far away bachelor, Isaac, the household of Betheul and Laban, “blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies” (Gen 24:60). Rebekah had already received expensive gifts to accompany her, but here was the most important of all. A salutation of blessing was given just before she embarked on a new life journey.

The Apostle Paul often ended his letters in which he had certain admonitions to the church with a note of blessing, as with the church at Corinth, “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All God’s people here send their greetings. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” ( 2 Cor 13: 12-14). To the Phillipians he ends his letter with, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” ( Phillipians 4: 19).

As God’s people we should adopt the Hebrew culture of sending off people with a word of blessing. Like Apostle Paul we should be in the habit of closing off any important message with a pronouncement of blessings.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for your blessings upon my life and to pass on peace and blessings to those you bring into my life, 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.

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