“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” - Isaiah 43:2 (NIV).
Followers of arguably the most successful English football club, Liverpool, are always encouraged by their anthem, “You shall never walk Alone!” The chorus that roars through their stadium, Anfield, before any game, is always an inspiring moment to the team and its worldwide supporters. It is a comforting experience for anyone on any journey to know that he is not alone but surrounded by well-wishers, some quite obviously closely around while others maybe in the far distant, around the globe.
Followers of Christ too, are most privileged that they are not walking alone! Immediately around them there are brethren who give them hope and comfort. Believer’s lives are also surrounded by mysterious beings, angels, cheering them along in their walk.
But then what are angels? The word angel means “Messenger” and there are numerous instances when God uses angels to deliver a message to His people. An angel of the Lord told Mary, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:30-31). Angels are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:4). Angels do defend, protect and deliver believers when trapped in some knot. Psalm 34:7 says, “The angel of the Lord encamps around all those who fear Him, and delivers them.” Further, Psalm 91:11-12 says, “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone”
Angels do strengthen believers whenever down. Luke 22: 43 says that when Jesus was tempted in the Garden of Gethsemane, “an angel appeared to him from heaven, strengthening Him.” As believers we are not walking alone, and what a comfort to know there are angels around, cheering us along the way.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, what a blessing to know that in my walk with you I am not alone but surrounded by the brethren to strengthen my faith and angels who protect and deliver me from all harm, to which I am full of thanks!
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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.