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I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears - Psalm 34:4 (NIV). 

King Hezekiah was the 13th successor of King David. He was a most remarkable king. He has been noted as one who faithfully walked with God (2 Chronicles 31:20), and “there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him” (2 Kings 18:5).

King Hezekiah had suceeded his wicked father King Ahaz who nailed Jerusalem’s Temple doors shut. But Hezekiah reopened the temple and cleansed it. He destroyed Judah’s idols, pagan temples, and altars (2 Chronicles 29:3-19; 31:1-2); and he re-established worship, reinstated the Levitical priesthood, and set up contributions for temple worship (2 Chronicles 29:5; 20-35; 31:2-21).

After 14 years on the throne at age 39 Hezekiah fell mortally sick. The prophet Isaiah came to him and told him to get his life in order because death was imminent (2 Kings 20:1-7; 2 Chronicles 32:24). Weeping with his face turned toward a wall, Hezekiah asked God to be merciful. He reasoned with the Lord, reminding Him of all the good he had accomplished in faith and obedience to Him during his reign. Hezekiah, cried out, “Please, Lord, just remember how I have walked before You wholeheartedly and in truth, and have done what is good in Your sight!” (2 Kings 20:3).

The Lord heard and answered his prayer. He instructed Isiah to tell the king his prayer was heard. “Return and say to Hezekiah the leader of My people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David says: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; behold, I am going to heal you” (vv 5). Isaiah told Hezekiah he would live an additional 15 years. It is through these additional years that Hezekiah bore a son who would succeed him.

In Hezekiah’s prayer we recognize he drew attention to his record of faithful service. He said "No" to the word of fate and instead turned and looked up to the faithfulness of God towards His own. God honored this prayer request.

Like Hezekiah, a situation may come our way, so terrifying and crushing. The example of this King is not to be too terrified and throw in the towel just as that, but turn to God, crying out, “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame” (Psalm 34:5)

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you the giver of life can turn around any situation just as  you did for King Hezekiah, and so today I plead that you turn around my affairs and breathe a new life in them, 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.

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