“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” - Gal 4:4-5 (NIV).
Whereas it took nearly 800 years since the prophet Isaiah prophesied the birth of a messiah (Isaiah 7:14); in the fullness of time, He was truly born. Whereas the Roman Empire started by resisting the truth of the Gospel, persecuting believers by throwing them to wild animals to be savaged for entertainment to a feasting mob in a Coliseum, in the fullness of time the empire embraced Christianity. In 325 it was Emperor Constantine who called for Council of Nicae, which came up with eventually the Apostles creed, and cleared the way to preach the Gospel in the known literary world.
Whereas for long only a privileged few had chance to read the word of God, for there was no Bible, in the fullness of time the Bible was printed when in 1439 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, and soon later published the first 200 Bibles for local distribution. Whereas at first the word of God could only be read in Latin, in the fullness of time, Martin Luther, in 1554 translated both the Old and New Testament from Hebrew and Greek into his native German, sparking off a revolution where the word of God is translated into indigenous tongues and made accessible to the local person.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” When Sarah doubted that she was past child bearing age, “Now the LORD attended to Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised” (Genesis 21:1-2).
It is true that sometimes we might fret with worry that a matter dear to our hearts has tarried. We wonder if we should let go and forget. No! For all intents and purpose, the Lord has a time for everything under the skies. In the fullness of time every matter shall come to rest and the Lord will fully reveal Himself and purposes. Do not give up!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as your word says, in the fullness of time, you sent your Son Jesus Christ for our salvation, today I pray that whatever matter might be causing me anxious, fearing that the wait is too long, I am reminded that in the fullness of time you shall come through and deliver!
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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.