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08/12/2020 03:00 - 09/12/2020 02:00

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” - Proverbs 3:5 (NIV).

There are certain things that can be quite difficult to appreciate or even accept when they occur in the life of any believer. For example, the loss of a loved one; a child coming of age, might be too heavy a blow that leaves one’s faith shaken. So often one sees the evil having their fill; they rise to positions of power and influence, only to misuse the levers of control, bringing misery to many. In this year we have seen the pandemic snapping lives suddenly without warning! Where do you turn to even when believing in God apparently does not make sense!

One of the things any of us must concede is that with God we are not in position to know everything. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts, (Isaiah 55:8-9). As one Christian writer, Sarah Walton puts it, “If God always acted in ways that made sense to us, then He certainly wouldn’t have sent his sinless Son to die in our place, offering us complete forgiveness and righteousness freely through Christ. The gospel reminds us that although we cannot possibly make sense of all the ways of God, we can always find peace and reassurance to trust his heart by looking to the cross!”

Our relation with God is built on trust. Again it has been explained, “The seemingly senseless and confusing circumstances that invade us give us opportunities to trust and beautifully proclaim God’s glory to a world searching for meaning in suffering. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright” (Psalm 20:7).

There are indeed those events which in this earthly life will continue to perplex us. Indeed, many of us have certain questions which we shall go with to heaven. Perhaps then we shall have a glimpse of the inner workings of God and come to an understanding or appreciation of that which left us much shaken. In the meantime “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

Prayer for today: Lord Father God, creator of heaven and earth, even where I encounter those situations that I can’t presently understand or appreciate, may my faith in you, remain just as firm, for in due time and season, you will make everything clear and so I pray that your peace that surpasses human understanding takes over me!

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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.