"The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives" - Psalm 37:23 (NIV).
A snare is described as a trap for catching birds or animals typically made of intersecting cords of strings or wires. After it has been woven it is then placed in the way of others and quite concealed. The unsuspecting then steps forth only to be swallowed up.
Almost everyone can agree to having once fallen into a snare, perhaps not the type that traps animals. There are snares we find in life like driving into a road block when you lack essential travel documents. In court trial lawyers can ask seemingly innocent questions only to trap one to confess their guilt. Sometimes snares are documents we might be given to enter into contractual obligations where everything looks right but there is a trap somewhere beneath the fine lines!
There is one thing about a snare- for it to be effective and catch its prey it must be made to look normal, otherwise one might be alerted and take a detour. Of course we can't always see those signs and hence the reason why we all can easily fall into one. However, there is one sure way to escape a snare. Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.." The essence here is that when we walk with the Lord he can alert us of any snare ahead and save us from danger.
Today, let us commit all our plans to the Lord and he will direct all our steps in every detail, including saving us from the danger that lie ahead with everything looking normal but there is a dangerous snare we must avoid!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I commit to you all my steps that you may save me from any danger and lead me to the victory I desire, this I pray in Jesus 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.