"Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory” - Psalm 50: 15 (NIV).
Perhaps you have heard the song, “Something good is going to happen to you!” as you should. It has numerous versions, for your information. One is about a blind man who “sat by the gate, To listen to footsteps and patiently wait. The blind man just didn't dream that this was the day, That Jesus of Nazareth would pass by his way.”
His story is interesting in that where Jesus’s disciples seemed more concerned about the genesis of the blind man’s plight rather that was not much of his concern. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 6:3). Indeed, soon, “After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” … So the man went and washed, and came home seeing” (vv 6-7).
Like the blind man, something good is going to happen to you. There are those who are more concerned and agitated about the circumstances you are in, but when Jesus passes by, that would not be none of his concerns. Something good is going to happen to you- there are those who your situation is a matter for intellectual curiosity, as was for the Pharisees in this passage- but when Jesus passes by, that will be none of his concerns. Something good is going to happen to you- for like the blind man you have sat patiently waiting- and Jesus is soon passing by!
Prayer for today: Lord Farther God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise, with a song in my heart, it is a song of hope, for something good is going to happen to me, because I have believed and waited on Jesus, and all my troubles shall be no more, for something good is going to happen to me!
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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.