“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” – (Jeremiah 29:11).
As a Believer in Christ the God who created you already knows your future, and it is a good future! There is a certain tendency that can encroach on any of our lives to be upset by things that are not going to our expectations. It could be a rough day at work, or where a job is lost, perhaps a loss of life!
When these upsetting events occur it is normal to ask where is God! Yet what we should never lose sight of is nothing comes as a surprise to God. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). This is why He has called us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, and present your request to God” (Phil 4:6).
And that includes the most mundane of things. When the Lord Jesus reminds his disciples, “Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body what you will wear. Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6: 25-27), He is simply saying, I am the Lord and in control, so chill out!
So today whatever might have upset you, is making you unusually restless, perhaps has filled you with fear and worry, maybe even regrets, and sad, too; just rest in in the knowledge that in the scheme of things nothing comes to God as a surprise concerning even the least aspect of your life. He has promised in His very word that He has a good future for you, and that should be your focus. Just, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. May the Lord the maker of heaven and earth bless you from Zion” (Psalms 134: 2:3-4).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, help me focus on you whatever the situation for you know me personally and have a good future for me, 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.