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06/12/2023 - 07/12/2023 All day

“But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint”          ( Isaiah 40: 31)

Think of a situation where you are in a boat rocked by ugly winds and almost drowning! It is hard to remain silent. One day the disciples when the boat they were in was hit by storms cried out to him for help ( Mark 4:38). Of course, it is only human to cry out for help when life is at crossroads; you are in the middle of some wicked storm, what else but scream for relief.

But while this is all true, one could also be silent, especially once one has made his case to the Lord. Psalm 62:1-2, says, “Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation. He is my rock and salvation. He is my defense; I shall not be moved.” The preacher and writer Charles Spurgeon ( 1834- 1892) once observed that after we have cried out to God, sometimes, like David, we wait upon God in silence, because our faith is steadfast in Him. Our silence is not a sign of abdication. We are silent because we know the Lord has heard our prayers and is in control.

We are silent because looking back we know the Lord has come through and rescued us from peril over and over again. True, the storms may still be raging, and the boat we are in is being tossed up and down, but we know the Lord has heard our pleas and he will come calling in time.

We remember that while undergoing storms of all nature David wrote, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies” ( Psalm 18:2-3).

Perhaps you are going through some storms. Cry out to God as indeed you should. But after, remember what He has said, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” ( Psalm 46:10). The Lord is in control.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, in the midst of storms I cry out to you and remain silent knowing that you have heard me and in your time shall bring deliverance because I have waited upon you, 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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