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29/09/2023 - 30/09/2023 All day

Vindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me” (Psalm 7:8)

Sometimes there are events that beseige us, perhaps too overwhelming, and we are lost of hope. We beat ourselves hard for we are not at fault yet here we are at sea.

Such a situation was experienced by Jacob who had to flee to exile to save himself from the wrath of his elder brother Esau after he had leapfrogged him to receive blessings meant for the first born (Genesis 27).

Jacob’s mother advised him to flee to his maternal relatives and it appeared like his Uncle Laban was happy to receive and shelter his nephew. Yet after Jacob had expressed interest in his eldest daughter Rachel, not only was he tasked to labour for her hand for seven years, when he woke up after wedding, he found he had been tricked. “When morning came, there was Leah! So Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? I served you for Rachel, didn’t I? Why have you deceived me?” (Gen 29:25).

Jacob was tasked to work for another 7 years to get Rachel. By then he also had started to long going back home. For some reason Laban had become nasty. He bonded Jacob and refused to release him at will. Jacob had actually to escape and again flee without his knowledge ( Genesis 31).

But in all God was with Jacob. He had married the girl he loved and had been immensely blessed with wealth. When Jacob finally settled back home he must have looked back at all his trials as worth it!

Like Jacob, you too may be going through some rough seas, faced with a cruel situation that makes no sense. Like Jacob, endure and remain faithful, for “He will vindicate you in broad daylight, and publicly defend your just cause. Wait patiently for the Lord! Wait confidently for him!” ( Psalm 37: 6-8).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through the trials of life may, I hold on to you, for you vindicate the righteous, and may all the glory go to you, 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.

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