"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.." - Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV).
"Where did all the time go!" asked a certain parent soon after their last born left the house to take up a job upcountry. The older three children were already out of the house, two married, one working overseas. The children were all strong in Christ. "Since I can't bring the time I had with them back," the parent reflected. "At least for all the time we had we made sure they knew Christ!"
Time has been described as a "continued sequence of existence and events that occur in irreversible succession from the past, through the present into the future"! Just as we see for this parent once time has passed you can't win it back. Apparently there are certain things in life you can win back, if you missed. Like going back to school. There have been cases of octegerians who missed school retracing back their steps in class. Certain objects of pleasure missed out on can be acquired, years down the road, perhaps then more affluent and with means.
There are though certain aspects of life which once they are past us, there are gone. For example, the time a parent has to spend with his children and raise them in the fear of God, is one for a specific definite period. Some parents go to the extreme of picking on making money as the most important, necessitating their long absence from home. But time does not wait. One day they return all rich and ladden with goods. But the children are then grown up and perhaps already out of the house. Whatever magic tricks one has you can't win back the lost time. It was gone forever!
For this reason may the Lord grant us wisdom to know how to use our time purposefully. "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12), is a reality check that time we have is not forever. Each of us must therefore seek to use time wisely, into things of lasting value, for once gone, time is irreversible.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray that you teach mean to value the time I have and spend it meaningfully in things that matter while the time is still there, before all is gone, 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.