“For through him we both have access to the Father by one spirit” – (Ephesians 2:18).
Usually when a child in a family has been promised something and happens not to receive it two things can happen, depending on what type of family. If a child has a poor relationship with his father built on fear he might just shrug, bottle all in, and move on. He fears if he speaks up things might get even worse.
But in another family where a child has had a good relationship with his father he would be free to wonder aloud in his presence and plead his case. The father would patiently listen, possibly explain and might even change his mind. This is because the two have a personal relationship built on trust.
Likewise our relationship with God is not built on fear but trust. For example, on many occasions when Moses was faced with a situation contrary to his expectations he would go to God directly and plead his case. There was a moment when God was angry with the Israelites and wanted to destroy them all for doubting his power. Moses pleaded with God against this course of action. “If you put all these people to death leaving none alive, the nations who have heard all about this report would say, “The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness” (Numbers 14:15-16).
God listened to Moses’ cry and changed His mind. The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them as you have asked..” (vv 20). Here we see that Moses had the confidence to go to God and plead his case. We also note that God heard him and did not destroy all the Israelites as he had earlier said.
As Believers in Christ we have a relationship built on trust and not fear with our God. If in the course of our lives something goes contrary to our expectations we too just like Moses can access Him through Christ and plead our case. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will he hears” (I John 5:14).
Today if there is a course of your life that has not gone to plan, perhaps you have a need not met; do not just walk away, with a cold shoulder. Rise up and go to God, cry out to Him and plead your case. Plead before him like King David: “But you, Sovereign Lord, help me for your name’s sake, out of the goodness of your love, deliver me” (Psalms 109:21). Ours is a God who through His son Jesus Christ has come down to meet each one of us at our point of need.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I come to you with full confidence, bringing to you all my needs, even that situation troubling me, that you may show your mercy and bring victory to me as your child, this I pray in Jesus’ 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.