18/09/2021 03:00 - 19/09/2021 02:00

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” Prov 19:21 (NIV).

Have you ever had a matter you felt so strong about that no matter all the warnings forbidding, you were all bent to push ahead. Yes, even when God made it clear you should hold on, but still you decided to just go ahead. You were in a bit of a hurry. But then what happened!

There is the story of the final missionary journey of Apostle Paul. Arrested and now taken to Rome to stand trial before Ceaser, Paul had a premonition from God concerning the journey. He decided to warn the centurion under whose guard he was and the ship owner of the danger ahead, advising them not to sail. “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also” (Acts 27:10).

But the centurion and the ship owner, together with the ship captain, who possibly were more conscious of beating a deadline and suffering as little loss as possible caused by delays, which might affect their earnings, ignored a good warning from God. They pressed ahead.

Now no sooner had they sailed than the ship run into a huge storm. “Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the Northeaster, swept down from the island. The ship was caught by the storm..” (vv 14-15) Later the ship did run aground (vv 41). Fortunately all would be spared of total destruction. But once there was calm, “Paul stood up before them and said: “Men, you should have taken my advice not to sail from Crete; then you would have spared yourselves this damage and loss” (vv 21).

The truth of this is that sometimes it is best to wait on God. There are those matters which everyone faces once in a while and one feels he must go ahead no matter all the warning signs from God. It could be moving to a new address. Perhaps it is launching a new venture. In some cases it is setting out on a new journey of life. And God is saying wait.

Rather than pushing ahead, against all advice, why not wait on God. Ignoring warning and going ahead might come at a great cost. Rather, it is good to remember "…but they who wait for 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 40:33, ESV).

Prayer for today: Lord father God, in all my affairs, may I learn to wait on you, for when I go with you, I know victory will comes, 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.