"Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world" - Psalm 46:10 (NIV).
A long time ago life was unhurried. This was long before the arrival of locomotive transport which accelerated movement of peoples across lands. What would have taken a day's journey was now covered in hours. The arrival of air transport halved the time it would take to move across the seas.
Yes, we all live in hurried times ever fueled by new technologies. The mail post which would take days was long ago over taken by instant communication via electronic media. This is the age of "Breaking News" where before victims of a certain fatality are even aware, the matter has already been splashed all over TV and is a point of furious discussion on social media.
In this present age many of us are always on the go trying to catch up. We rise up with alarm clocks and inject ourselves with instant caffeine. On the roads moved by our beautiful fossil powered engines we cant stand anything in the lane that holds our fast progress to the first of many appointments in the day. Time is always scarce.
In the midst of this hurried life of nowadays, it's quite clear that every one of us now and then needs to take a pause, otherwise you loose your bearings. Many people are stretched like a rubber band being pulled only to snap one day!
This is why God is telling us today to pause and hear His voice, which says, " Be still and know that I am God!" Of course one my fail to hear that voice as one rushes here and there in the rat chase one is locked in. But how about if you just stop, pause and step aside to hear that still voice of God. Then we can know where God wants us headed, and save ourselves from a life of reckless speed without any clear and purposeful direction.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today may I find to step aside from the furious speed driving life, so as to listen to your still voice, and where you would have me be, 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.