“The righteous “ person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time”- Psalm 34:19
There can be a mistaken perception that Christians are immune to troubles. On the contrary, troubles are much common to God’s children, except that they have a deliverer. King David was a man after God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14), but he faced many troubles, from being persecuted by King Saul, losing a child, to being overthrown by his son in a palace coup.
As Psalm 18:2 says, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” God delivers us from the troubles we face. It is God who delivered Abraham and Sarah to have a child in their old age (Genesis 21:1-7). When the Israelites where stuck in the Red Sea and pinned down by an invading army, God parted the sea and let them cross to dry land ( Exodus 14). After the prayers of the saints, the Lord sent an angel to free the Apostle Peter who had been held in prison ( Acts 12:1-19).
Sometimes God uses the troubles which Christians faces to bring them closer to Him. The Apostle Paul says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). Often so, God uses the troubles brought on to us by Satan to make us more like Him ( Romans 8:29. In fact, for believers, the fact is, “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs all” ( 11 Corinthians 4:17).
If we are not delivered here, believers know that God delivers us from all our troubles in the next life. Sometimes we see the sick die even after much prayer. Believers are persecuted in godless nations and lose jobs for standing up for Christ in secular societies. But if believers do not see breakthrough in this life, they will see deliverance in the next life ( Revelation 21:4).
Today, if you are facing any trouble, take heart, that the Lord the deliverer, will not fail, but deliver you from all trouble!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you are my rock and deliverer, so today I pray that you deliver me from any trouble I face, because of the faith in Christ Jesus!
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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.