“Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it, or the saw boast against the one who uses it? As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up, or a club brandish the one who is not wood!” - Isaiah 10:15 (NIV).
It is a common experience these days, to find, on occasion those who have concluded against the existence of the Almighty God. As our leading verse points out even during the time of prophet Isaiah, nearly 3000 years ago, the doubters were there. While curiosity can be excused as it leads to discovery, the aspect of mortal man shaking his fist at his creator, casting doubts about his very existence, can go beyond the pale. The Apostle Paul once wondered, “But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? … (Romans 9:29).
Whatever the doubts, all around us there is everything to point to the existence of the Almighty. We see this with the life we have and all its complexities, to the earth we inhabit at the center of galaxies. Interestingly, whenever humans come across a new planet they express satisfaction that they have seen it all, when it’s only a glimpse into the universe that stands at the feet of the creator.
In trying to explain creation outside the will of God all sorts of theories have been conjured, from Big Bang, which in essence means there was a point of start somewhere, to evolution, which leaves one wondering when humans will ever evolve into something yet else, as they apparently started out like tadpoles!
Humility is what we need if we desire to know more of God. Proverbs 11:2 says, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” God will reveal Himself to those who come to Him with childlike faith. The Bible says, “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29). If any desires to know God, He has promised, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them” (Psalm 145: 18-19).
Today, make a choice to seek to know God other than being like the ax that raises itself above the person who swings, the pot that questions the potter. God will reveal Himself more to you as also, it is His desire. "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I” (Isaiah 65:1).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God, creator of heaven and earth, as you have placed in me the desire to know you, today I pray that seeking you in humility, you do reveal yourself to me, and I may grow to worship you ever more, 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.