“I will lift up my eyes to the hills- From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” - Psalm 121:1 (NIV)
Except for those living in plains, it is common to see hills rising over a landscape. Hills can be a beautiful sight especially where there are covered with a rich a vegetation. In some cities though hills have been invaded with settlements and are no longer lighted with the old vegetation, except for concrete structure.
Unless if erased to make way for some purpose, when a hill is ahead of you one can hardly see beyond. A hill by its nature obstructs a view. There are places where tunnels have been constructed to pass through hills, but mostly people decide to just go around them to get ahead. In brief, hills can be an obstacle in our journeys.
As believers we can also come up and face hills. A hill can feature in our very lives when we are faced with a challenge that we can’t see beyond. The challenge seems to be so huge that the hill in our mind actually becomes a mountain. Perhaps we might even be too terrified that instead of figuring a way around the hill, we drop down, exhausted with fear and worry.
When David was faced with a hill, instead of only focusing on the hill, he looked beyond to something higher and more hopeful. The Almighty God who made the heaven and earth, and controls all situations. Instead of focusing on the hill of problems, he asked, “From whence my help comes?”
Once there was a situation when Moses sent out scouts to spy a new land. Of the 12 spies everyone saw hills- except two warriors who looked beyond hills, and believed there was a God greater than the giants they had seen ( Numbers 13). Joshua and Caleb believe that that God would deliver them in spite of all they had seen.
Today, if we are seeing a hill ahead of us, may our faith rise and look beyond the hill, like Joshua and Caleb. Like David, our help will come from the Lord, a very present help in trouble.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I an faced with a hill I look beyond it, because you are our present help, and will carry me through and beyond the hill, 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.