“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” ( Hebrews 4:15).
Hannah had a problem. Caught in a polygamous marriage she was barren and her rival Peninnah would not spare her. “Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her” ( I Samuel 1: 6). But Hannah kept faith. An opportunity came when Eli, the priest, mistaking her fervent prayers imagined her drunk instead. “Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine” ( vv 13-14).
But of course she wasnt. “Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief” (vv 16), she waved in protest. So, “Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him”
Eli the priest pleaded on Hannah’s behalf. “So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him” ( vv 20).
When Jesus came here on earth, and died on the cross for our sins, he became the high priest whom we all believers have equal access and can go to directly to plead our case. For “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” ( Romans 8:34). Where one might have been constrained to approach a priest to pray on his behalf, and perhaps be misunderstood as Hannah was at first, with Jesus we go directly to the throne of grace, where we lay all our requests to take them to our Father in heaven. What a blessing we should never hesitate to tap into!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through your son Jesus Christ we have a high priest interceding on our behalf, day and night, and whom we bring to all our requests, praying for mercy and grace, in anticipation of the victory that comes through you, and this we pray in Jesus’ 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.