He works (3) - 19 September 2014

The Christian man knows that he doesn’t achieve success in his own strength. He gives God all the honour for his success.  After God led the Israelites through the Red Sea on dry ground and destroyed the Egyptian army in the sea, the Israelites praised God.

Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

“I will sing to the Lord, because he has won a glorious victory;

he has thrown the horses and

their riders into the sea.

The Lord is my strong defender;

he is the one who has saved me.

He is my God, and I will praise him,

my father’s God, and I will sing

about his greatness.

The Lord is a warrior;

the Lord is his name.”

Exodus 15:1-3

He remains faithful to God’s principles. He doesn’t allow success to go to his head. When temptation comes knocking on his door, he does not waver over which course to take. He stands his ground, remaining faithful to what God expects of him.

(Potiphar) saw that the Lord was with Joseph and had made him successful in everything he did. Potiphar was pleased with him and made him his personal servant; so he put him in charge of his house and everything he owned. From then on, because of Joseph the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian and everything that he had in his house and in his fields. Potiphar handed over everything he had to the care of Joseph and did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

Joseph was well-built and good-looking, and after a while his master’s wife began to desire Joseph and asked him to go to bed with her. He refused and said to her, “Look, my master does not have to concern himself with anything in the house, because I am here. He has put me in charge of everything he has. I have as much authority in this house as he has, and he has not kept back anything from me except you. How then could I do such an immoral thing and sin against God?” Although she asked Joseph day after day, he would not go to bed with her.   Genesis 39:3-10

Do you also know that you do not succeed because of your own strength and remain faithful to God's principles? Do you also work steadfastly at what God expects of you?

Prayer: Thank you that you are with me every day in the workplace. Through your Spirit, help me to live according to the principles of your Word and always do what you expect of me. Amen

He works (2) - 18 September 2014

Often our believing man's schedule is extremely full and he must learn to delegate. Moses's schedule was also very busy. His father-in-law gave him good advice that still applies today. See what the Bible says in Exodus 18: 13-26

The next day Moses was settling disputes among the people, and he was kept busy from morning till night. When Jethro saw everything that Moses had to do, he asked, “What is all this that you are doing for the people? Why are you doing this all alone, with people standing here from morning till night to consult you?”

Moses answered, “I must do this because the people come to me to learn God’s will. When two people have a dispute, they come to me, and I decide which one of them is right, and I tell them God’s commands and laws.”

Then Jethro said, “You are not doing it the right way. You will wear yourself out and these people as well. This is too much for you to do alone. Now let me give you some good advice, and God will be with you. It is right for you to represent the people before God and bring their disputes to him. You should teach them God’s commands and explain to them how they should live and what they should do. But in addition, you should choose some capable men and appoint them as leaders of the people: leaders of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. They must be God-fearing men who can be trusted and who cannot be bribed. Let them serve as judges for the people on a permanent basis. They can bring all the difficult cases to you, but they themselves can decide all the smaller disputes. That will make it easier for you, as they share your burden. If you do this, as God commands, you will not wear yourself out, and all these people can go home with their disputes settled.”

Moses took Jethro’s advice and chose capable men from among all the Israelites.   Exodus 18:13-26

Even Paul experienced tension with his colleagues. Today, nothing had changed. There is often conflict at the office.

Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit our brothers and sisters in every town where we preached the word of the Lord, and let us find out how they are getting on.” Barnabas wanted to take John Mark with them, but Paul did not think it was right to take him, because he had not stayed with them to the end of their mission, but had turned back and left them in Pamphylia. There was a sharp argument, and they separated: Barnabas took Mark and sailed off for Cyprus, while Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the care of the Lord’s grace.  Acts 15:36-40

Do you still need to learn to delegate? Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and was able to successfully continue his work. Maybe you disagree with a colleague about how a task should be executed. Paul and Barnabas may have separated, but in the end, both did what they originally wanted to do - visit the believers in the cities where they had preached the Word of God.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I praise and thank you that I do not have to rely on myself in the workplace today. Thank you for the lessons we learn from your Word, especially about work. Thank you that you are always with me. Amen

Hy werk (3) - 19 September 2014

Die gelowige man weet dat hy nie uit eie krag sukses behaal nie. Hy gee aan God al die eer vir sy sukses.  Nadat God die Israeliete droogvoets deur die Rietsee gelei en die Egiptiese weermag in die see vernietig het, het hulle Hom geprys.

Toe het Moses en die Israeliete die volgende lied tot eer van die Here gesing:

“Ek wil tot eer van die Here sing

omdat Hy hoog verhewe is.

Perd en strydwa

het Hy in die see geslinger.

Die Here is my krag

en my beskerming.

Hy het tot my redding gekom.

Hy is my God, Hom roem ek,

die God van my voorvaders,

Hom prys ek.

Die Here is oorwinnaar in die stryd,

sy Naam is ‘die Here’!”  Eksodus 15:1-3

Hy bly getrou aan God se beginsels.  Hy laat nie toe dat sukses na sy kop toe gaan nie. Wanneer versoeking aan sy deur kom klop, twyfel hy nie oor wat hom te doen staan nie - hy staan onwrikbaar by wat God van hom verwag.

Toe Potifar, Josef se eienaar, sien dat die Here by Josef is en dat die Here alles wat Josef aanpak, laat slaag, was Potifar hom goedgesind. Hy het Potifar se persoonlike slaaf geword en Potifar het hom aangestel oor sy hele huishouding, en al sy besittings is onder Josef se sorg geplaas. Van toe af het die Here die huis van die Egiptenaar geseën. Dit was oor Josef dat die Here dit gedoen het. Die seën van die Here het gerus op al Potifar se besittings, dié in sy huis en dié in die veld. Hy het alles aan Josef oorgelaat en hom aan niks gesteur nie, behalwe aan sy kos.

Josef was fris gebou en mooi. Na sy bevordering in sy eienaar se huis het dié se vrou na Josef gekyk en vir hom gesê: “Kom slaap by my.” Maar hy wou nie en hy het vir sy eienaar se vrou gesê: “Meneer steur hom aan niks vandat ek hier is nie. Wat hy besit, het hy onder my sorg geplaas. Daar is niemand wat in hierdie huis meer gesag het as ek nie. Meneer het niks van my teruggehou nie, behalwe vir u, want u is sy vrou. Hoe kan ek so ’n verkeerde ding doen? Ek sal mos teen God sondig!” Sy het dag vir dag by Josef aangehou, maar hy het bly weier om by haar te gaan slaap.  Genesis 39:3-10

Weet jy ook dat jy nie uit eie krag sukses behaal nie en bly jy getrou aan God se beginsels?  Staan jy ook by die werkplek onwrikbaar by wat God van jou verwag?

Gebed: Dankie dat U elke dag ook in die werkplek by my is. Help my om, deur u Gees, die beginsels van u Woord uit te leef en altyd te doen wat U van my verwag. Amen

Hy werk (2) - 18 September 2014

Dikwels is ons gelowige man se program uiters druk en hy moet leer om te delegeer.  Moses se program was ook baie besig. Sy skoonpa het vir hom goeie raad gegee wat vandag steeds van toepassing is.  Kyk wat sê die Bybel in Eksodus 18:13-26

Toe Moses die volgende dag gaan sit om hofsake te verhoor, het daar van die oggend af tot die aand toe mense vir hom gestaan en wag. Maar toe sy skoonpa sien wat Moses alles vir die volk doen, het hy gesê: “Waarom doen jy die volk dit aan? Waarom tree net jý op as regter, en al die mense moet van die môre af tot die aand toe vir jou staan en wag?”

Moses het sy skoonpa geantwoord: “Die volk kom na my toe om na die wil van God te vra. As hulle in sake betrokke raak, kom hulle na my toe. Ek lewer dan uitspraak oor die geskille tussen hulle en maak terselfdertyd God se voorskrifte en wette aan hulle bekend.”

Maar Moses se skoonpa sê vir hom: “Jy maak nie reg nie. Jy en al hierdie mense by jou sal totaal uitgeput raak. Die werk is te veel vir jou. Jy kan dit nie alleen behartig nie. Luister nou na my raad en mag God jou bystaan! Jy moet die volk se verteenwoordiger by God wees en alle sake voor Hom bring. Druk die volk die voorskrifte en wette op die hart, leer hulle die pad wat hulle moet loop en wat hulle moet doen. Verder moet jy onder die volk bekwame manne uitsoek, dienaars van die Here, mense wat die waarheid liefhet en nie hulle eie voordeel soek nie. Dan moet jy hulle oor die volk aanstel as leiers oor duisend, oor honderd, oor vyftig en oor tien. Hulle moet deurentyd vir die volk hofsittings hou. Die belangrike sake moet na jóú verwys word, en die geringes moet húlle oplos. Dit sal vir jou makliker wees as hulle die verantwoordelikheid saam met jou dra. As God jou beveel om dit so te doen, sal jy met die werk kan aanhou, en al hierdie mense sal dan tevrede huis toe gaan.”

Moses het na sy skoonpa geluister en gedoen wat hy gesê het.

In sy werk het selfs Paulus spanning met kollegas ondervind.  Vandag is dit nie anders nie. Daar is dikwels spanning by die werk.

’n Tydjie later het Paulus vir Barnabas gesê: “Kom ons gaan kyk hoe gaan dit met die gelowiges in al die stede waar ons die woord van die Here verkondig het.” Barnabas wou vir Johannes, wat ook Markus genoem is, met hulle saamneem. Maar Paulus het gedink dit is nie reg om die man saam te neem wat hulle in Pamfilië verlaat het en nie end-uit die werk saam met hulle gedoen het nie. Hieroor het hulle so skerp verskil dat hulle van mekaar geskei het. Barnabas het toe vir Markus geneem en met ’n skip na Siprus toe vertrek. Paulus het vir Silas gekies en vertrek, nadat hulle deur die gelowiges aan die genade van die Here toevertrou is.  Handelinge 15:36-40

Moet jy nog leer om te delegeer?  Moses het na sy skoonpa se raad geluister en hy kon suksesvol met sy werk voortgaan.  Miskien verskil jy met 'n kollega oor hoe 'n taak uitgevoer moet word.  Paulus en Barnabas het wel van mekaar geskei, maar op die ou end het beide gaan doen wat hulle oorspronklik wou doen en dit is om die gelowiges in die stede waar hulle die woord van die Here verkondig het, te gaan besoek.

Gebed:  Here Jesus, ek loof en dank U dat ek nie vandag op myself hoef staat te maak in die werkplek nie. Dankie vir die lesse wat ons uit u Woord leer, ook oor werk. Dankie dat U elke oomblik by my is. Amen

Everything has its time - 11 November 2013

Riélle Heine

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens … He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:1,11a

The concept of time always crops up somewhere in our daily conversations. What is shocking is that it is mostly mentioned in a negative context.  Something along the line of "I'm so busy, I did not have time" or "Everything is so rushed " or "Look how the time has flown!"

Time, which was intended as a gift from God, has become our boss. Instead of being in control of our time, it feels as if time is a skateboard under our feet that we’re desperately clinging to, trying to stay on top! Many things we plan down to the last detail, but when it comes to time, we carry on indifferently.

Too often we think like this about time:

Everything can wait until later,

Everything in this world can be postponed

- until I feel like doing it

- until I feel better

- until my children are older, or out of the house

- until I’ve worried myself sick about it

... until it's too late.

Maybe there’s a letter, an email, a phone call or a visit you’ve been putting off for weeks - maybe now is the time to do it. Maybe today is the time to encourage, to forgive, to speak or to remain silent. Perhaps the time has now come to go back and make amends.

The other day I found this English poem tucked away between some cards I had stashed away (I wish I knew who the author was):

When I have time

there is a poem to be written,

a song to be sung

When I have time

there is a child to be led

a prayer to be said.

When I have time

I’ll tell you a story,

I’ll visit a friend.

Alas, time is gone –

The poem’s unwritten,

The song unsung

The child is a man

grown up unled

The prayer, ah! the prayer,

it went unsaid.

The story is ended.

Prayer: Lord, let me realise anew each day that time is a great gift from you. Help me not to postpone things. Help me to plan my time, to grab hold of the hours and use them. Amen

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