“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain” - Psalm 127:1 (NIV).
The day after multiple bomb blasts in Kampala city, Uganda took the lives of several innocent pedestrians and left scores injured, one person happened to visit a certain major hospital that receives hundreds of visitors daily. What struck him was in spite of the incident that had left the city much shaken there was no apparent scrutiny. “My car and another following were not checked. I got the reception, to the lab, and to several places, then left without anyone checking me!” Of course, these are the loopholes terrorists are quick to exploit, and execute their dark deeds. In such a lax atmosphere one can leave behind a concealed weapon.
But then again even for places where there is tight security, damage can be inflicted. Recently in UK there was a case of a Member of Parliament, Sir David Amess, who while busy receiving his constituents to attend to their concern, suddenly someone jumped and knifed him to death. And for Uganda, what was shocking in the last incident was that some of the actions were apparently carried out by suicide bombers who detonated bombs on themselves, causing explosion that took them along with those in the vicinity.
Incident such as these lead us to our leading verse. It is good and well enough to have in place the necessary protection against the evil people, for there are plenty, but then security systems are not enough. Having a house and enclosing it in a high perimeter wall, manned with an armed guard, does not make anyone security proof. The measurers put in place can reduce the risk but ultimately, “unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand in vain”! Perhaps in a time such as this we may draw closer to God and seek his protection wherever we are, for He watches over us!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for your divine protection; that you who sees everything may withhold danger from striking any of your dear children and our loved ones, 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.