“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God” (Psalm 50:23).
It is customary in most cultures, or for many individuals, that if someone does for you a good thing, you return the favor by thanking him. They call it good breeding. The thanking might take various forms: it could be a fresh word of acknowledgement, or, it might come in form of gifts.
Now, a good question, one might ask, what if the one who has done for you a good thing is the Almighty God; do you just walk away, taking his gifts as if for granted! Perhaps you might reason what much can you give back to God which He is lacking! Of course there is nothing. But although God’s provisions for us are not based on condition, what do you lose thanking Him, every now and then, in fact, more as a lifestyle!
Psalm 56:12 says, “I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you”! Thanking God features in many places in the Bible. Psalm 116:17 says, “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD. Psalm 7:17 says, “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.” Psalm 66:13 goes on, “I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows.”
There is always a lot thank you: from the year of a pandemic, there is that one case or another, where we can see God certainly came to our rescue or just blessed us more than we could have anticipated. There was that miracle we saw, and we know it was of God!
So, today, pause to thank God. For to fail to do so, is not just bad manners; but it might rob you of yet more blessings. As Jeremiah 33:11 says, “the sounds of joy and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will be heard again, along with the joyous songs of people bringing thanksgiving offerings to the LORD. They will sing, ‘Give thanks to the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, for the LORD is good. His faithful love endures forever!’ For I will restore the prosperity of this land to what it was in the past, says the LORD”
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, you have been so good to me, delivered me countless times, blessed me more than I can behold; so today I come to you with thanksgiving, for the shower of your blessings upon me, 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.