"He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand" - Psalm 40:2 (NIV).
Have you ever felt you were viewed as a nobody, and when it came to picking names for a cast of some fun, out there, yours came last, if you were even remembered. All have heard of Cinderella, the girl of apparent misfortune, whom none thought mattered to take her to the ball and meet Prince Knight. Her family thought she was a nobody!
When Prophet Samuel was assigned the task of looking for the next King of Israel after God had rejected Saul he visited with the household of Jesse. At first he saw Eliab and was struck by his royal appearence. "Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord" (1Samuel 16:6). But that was not the Lord's choice. "Then Jesse called Abinadab" (vv 8). Again he was not the Lord's choice. Ultimately, "Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these" (vv 10).
Almost despairing, Samuel asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” (vv 11). This is when Jesse lazily remembered some forgotten lad out there in the bush. “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep" (vv II). Once David showed up, "Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one" (vv 12).
A nobody is someone who is perceived as of no much use. He seems not to count. Hee is pushed out of the house and eats from the lawn. He is passed as others seem to get ahead, leaving him behind. A nobody.
But God is in the habit of lifting up nobody's from the wilderness up to the throne. May you not be discouraged where you are, apparently forgotten. One day out of the blue God will lift you up. A nobody who became somebody.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, for any situation where I seem not to count, I look up to you, for you will one day lift 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.