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05/10/2023 - 06/10/2023 All day

I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” – (Psalm 91:2).

If you talk of someone who in his life knew of woes there is one person. King David was once overthrown in a coup d’état by his son in a long chain of a life beset with unfortunate events (2 Sam 15). At one point King Saul sought to kill him by hurling a spear (1 Sam 19). But when that failed he dispatched him to the battle field hoping he would fall to the sword, “Saul’s plan was to have David fall by the hands of the Philistines” (1 Sam 18:24).

David lost his best friend Jonathan in a fierce battle against the Philistines that took also King Saul’s life (1 Sam 31). In another instance tragedy befell him when he lost a son (2 Sam 12:18).

Just as he thought he was settled, his kingdom was overthrown and overrun by his own son. As David fled from the rout of Absalom, a “man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei and he cursed as he came out. He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones. As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel” (2 Sam 16:6-7). Talk of hitting someone when there are down.

How did David respond to all these upheavils? Sometimes in times of trouble there is a temptation to blame God for all our woes. For some, the lure to start consuming addictive substances that can suppress the pain at least momentarily is ever present. But what is instructive in all these pitfalls, here, is that David had no second guessing as to where to run.
This was best characterized in Psalm 46, which he wrote, “God is our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Today, whatever troubles any might be facing, let us seek the refuge of the Lord, as was King David, who had more than a fair share of them.

Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through whatever difficulties I face, may I like King David know where to run to, for you are my refuge, my hope and trust is in you, 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.

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