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06/07/2022 03:00 - 07/07/2022 02:00

"Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God" - Luke 18:27 (NIV). 

Once upon a time there was a servant who was sent on a difficult mission. His master had stiff instructions for him. He needed him to go back to his land of origin and get a wife for his son, who had come of age.

Now you can imagine being sent out to a foreign land to "get a wife for someone else" among a people you have never met! Where do you start and how do you go about it! “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land?" (Genesis 25:5), the servant asked his master Abraham with many doubts.

Well, see what happened.

After getting to the distant town of Nahor, "Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham" (vv 12). The Lord certainly heard his prayer. For "before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her" (vv 15-16).

Long story short she was the one. "Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, saying, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.” (vv 26-7). The servant would later go back with a wife for his master's son, a groom called Isaac.

A door had opened. But wait a minute, what was the secret here! Well, what we see here is that the servant did not take matters into his own hands. He prayed for success of his mission.

Praying for success in any endeavour, could apply to any of us with a difficult mission ahead, which almost appears impossible. We don't have to name it but there are many mission impossible journeys people set on everyday. Like this servant you too could borrow a leaf, pray and ask the Lord to open doors, and then, you would be surprised!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I commit to you the almost impossible mission ahead of me that you open doors beyond expectations, 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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