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09/06/2022 03:00 - 10/06/2022 02:00

"Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense" - Proverbs 12:11 (NIV). 

Perhaps every kid has played the bubble soap game. After mixing water with soap a foam rises bursting into beautiful rainbow bubbles. The kids blow the bubbles off their palms and then chase them. But the bubbles don't last long. Almost instantly they burst and fade away. Of course as this is a game the kid must splash water again with soap for another foam that will bear new bubbles.

Chasing bubbles is what one can equate to going after a fantasy. A fantasy is something imaginary that has the appearance of structure. Except that it is an illusion. Seen from far a fantasy can appear so real only that if you reach it then you are disappointed. Fantasies can be exciting before one realises that they were just a mirage preoccupying one's imagination for nothing.

In life we too can all find ourselves feeding on fantasies. Someone who hates work yet dreams of a life of comfort and pleasure is a fantasy chaser. When you have a nation that misuses it's resources into wasteful other than investing into productive resource but dreams of being highly developed it is a nation of fantasy chasers. If you constantly abuse your body with alcohol, lack of rest and a poor diet yet dream of being the most atheletic bloc around, you are a fantasy chaser.

On the contrary the word of God is cautioning us from living the "pie in the sky " life. We should do the needful: meaning, let us work and live a life of frugality which God will bless through our sweat. And by observing his laws, "The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none" (Deuteronomy 28:12).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that through work and observing your commands, you may bless the work of my hands, 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.