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08/05/2023 - 09/05/2023 All day

“The Lord corrects those he loves, as parents correct a child of whom they are proud” ( Proverbs 3:12).

When kids have just joined school and start taking lessons they make lots of errors. However, to their delight there is always a teacher to correct them. Unlike most adults, kids generally welcome correction. In fact, most would be dissapointed, if not corrected. Much as they love red ticks in their books, the cross mark too is also welcome. It shows interest in their efforts and paves way for improvement.

Just as with kids, we have also a Father who is in the habit of correcting us. Proverbs 3:12: “For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights”. Parents are admonished, “Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul” ( Proverbs 29:17). The word of God among others is there to correct us: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” ( 2 Tim 3:16).

God has many ways in which he corrects us. Sometimes it is a case of a Nathan who comes into our lives and tactfully brings to our attention a matter we were blind to ( 2 Samuel 12). Sometimes its an open rebuke, as when Jesus told off Peter: “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns”         ( Mathew 16:23).

Like kids at school, not only should we expect correction but appreciate it. This is because, “For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child” ( Hebrews 12:6).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, as you correct those whom you love to save them from ruin, today I pray that I welcome your correction in my life for my good, 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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