"Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield" - Psalm 5:12 (NIV).
The story of Noah who lived at a time of great flood is of someone who found favour with the Lord at a perilous time. As it is written, "The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled" (Genesis 6: 5-6).
The story goes, "So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race ...But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord" (vv 6-8). One might ask why of all people it was Noah. The answer is: "Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God" (vv 9).
There are numerous accounts of those who found favour with God. The first Christian martyr, Stephen, refered to David, as one "who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob" (Acts 7:46). Himself David would later clarify that to receive favor did not mean that one led a life beyond reproach. "All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one" (Psalm 14:3).
To receive favour from God is due to the accomplished work of Christ on the cross. The righteous receive favor like Noah not because they walk in sinless perfection, but because they have sought forgiveness for their sins. The Lord does not look upon the self-righteous with favor, but those who are "humble and contrite in spirit" (Isaiah 66:2).
Today, we live in certainly perilous times of wars and increasingly high cost of living. But let us humble ourselves and ask for favour: "I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise" (Psalm 119:58). And as Psalm 84:11 says, "No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly." The righteous, in other words, are blessed with whatever it is they need.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, in perilous times as these I look to you for your favour to shield me and bless me more, for "you bless the righteous, you saround them with your favour as with a shield" 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.