"He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm" - Psalm 40:2 (NIV).
Have you ever been wounded! Sometimes people are wounded through physical battles, which can leave one down. But physical engagements are not the only cause of wounds. A person could survive a clash that leaves him wounded after being hurled some abuse. If you are betrayed by the one you trusted certainly that would leave you wounded.
A wound takes time to heal. There are wounds which if not treated fast can fester and become fatal. Wounds can be deceptive. One may dress up a wound with white bandanges and on surface it all looks clean but deep inside the sore is hurting so deep and badly.
There was once a man who was wounded- when he took matters of law in his hand and had to flee in the bush. "When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well" (Exodus 2:15). A wounded man who had grown up in a palace and for forty years would appear abandoned.
One day something happened. "God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”And Moses said, “Here I am....Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob" (Exodus 3: 4-5).
A wounded Moses was now lifted up and given a commission he had once longed for, when he had almost but given up on it. Your situation may not be particularly similar, but here is God lifting up a wounded man. Whatever wounds you may be hurting do not give up on God, for one day He will appear and lift you up, just as He did for Moses!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for whatever maybe the wounds I carry my faith remains in you for I know you are a God who lifts me up, 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.