The longer route

Exodus 13:17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.

God in His wisdom led the Israelites into the desert instead of leading them through a shorter route, because He knew if they faced war they could easily run back to find safety in Egypt.

Might you be in the longer route. Maybe you’re wondering why things are taking longer yet they could be accomplished in an easier way.

Today’s encouragement is, although things might look like they’re not working, God might be taking you through a safer route. A route that might seem longer, but it’s what is best for you. Your dream job, your dream wedding, dream family etc. It could be that God is taking you through a route that is not as short and easy as you expected but it is for your good.

3 easy Tips – Saving money successfully

Saving money is the new year resolution that very many write but hardly achieve. Below are easy steps you can follow to ensure you are looking back at the end of the year with a goal ticked.

  1. Know your why?

Saving for a specific purpose gives you the energy to continue saving even when things become tough. A goal helps you to be focused. If you have no specific reason as to why you are saving, you might find yourself saving but never seeing any tangible results. This is because things will always come up that feel more urgent, and those that need immediate attention. Therefore it’s very easy to find yourself spending the money you’ve struggled to save for a long time, on something of less significance just because you never set a goal.

2. Amount or percentage

Your why will determine whether you are saving a percentage or a certain amount. For a long term goal I’d recommend saving a percentage of your income. This way regardless of whether your income increases or decreases over the years you will have your savings still going on. For short term goals, you might need to set aside a certain specific figure depending on the amount of time you have to accomplish your goal. This way for a short term goal you can save a huge amount by denying yourself some luxuries but just for a short while, since there’s a goal you are aiming at.

3. Keep away

I have realized the reason why at times it’s very difficult to save is if we have the access to the money at our disposal. If you are struggling with savings, you could have a standing order on your salary, you could keep the money in a fixed account, you could join a chama (club). Think of ways that you can keep the money away, to a place you don’t have easy access. This will help you not to end up misusing the savings due to unexpected events that may come up along the process.

Saving is a discipline that anyone can learn, and whenever you see the results of what you have been saving for then you will be happy you did.

The hunter became the hunted

January 23

Genesis 34:23 Won’t their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.”

In swahili there is a famous proverb that says a well-digger enters it by himself. The moral lesson of the proverb is to help people realize that when you wish someone else evil, or plan towards another person’s failure you might end up getting yourself in the same trouble.

Looking at the story of Dinah the daughter of Jacob, who was defiled by Shechem . I see the hunter becoming the hunted. First Shechem defiles Dinah then asks for her hand in marriage. Jacob’s sons listen to Shechem’s plea to marry their daughter and plot to finish the men, by asking them to be circumcised so that they would be able to intermarry. Today’s verse states how Shechem and his father were excited as they went out to ask the other men to be circumcised. Yes Shechem was happy to get a wife but his statement of how the Israelites properties would be their own feels manipulative.

Shock on Shechem and his people that Jacob’s sons had manipulated them even beyond their expectations. They thought they had gotten all that Israelites had, but instead the Israelites took all they had and killed all the male.

From this I see a disclaimer not to wish anyone else evil, not to rejoice in hurting others, because at the end of the day, the evil may happen to me. Instead I should focus on treating others right and wishing them well, at the end of the day, that good might happen to me as well.

Chronological Bible reading Genesis 32-34

Blessed indeed cont’d

January 22

Gen.27.33 – Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him-and indeed he will be blessed!”

Jacob was very truckorous he just had a way of doing things to deceive others. When Laban decided to give him a wage from his flock, Jacob used tricks to make sure that the healthy animals gave birth to the type of flock that he had agreed with Laban.

The surprising thing is that God blessed him. In that all the tricks he did worked. This reminded me of the verse we read yesterday that Isaac said since he had blessed Jacob he would indeed be blessed. Although he was doing evil things God still blessed him.

My desire is that as my children grow I will always speak blessings in their lives, tht each day they will grow to be blessed. Whether people are unfair like Laban was to Jacob, or life is just going perfectly for them. From the blessings of Isaac Jacob’s life was blessed abundantly, regardless of his actions.

Chronological Bible reading Genesis 30-31

Blessed indeed

January 21

Gen.27.33 – Isaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him-and indeed he will be blessed!”

The story of Jacob and Esau is one filled with deception and betrayal in a family. Isaac loved Esau while Rebecca loved Jacob. As a result when Isaac asked Esau to go and hunt and prepare the meat for him so that he could bless him, Rebecca tricked Isaac by preparing a goat and making Jacob lie to his dad that he was Esau.

Jacob was blessed and just after he’d left his father, Esau comes in expecting to be blessed. His dad was very upset that he had been tricked but all he could say was that whoever had tricked him was indeed blessed. He could not take back his words.

Out heavenly father has stated various blessings for our lives. As his children what I believe we should do is believe. This is because if a mere human being, like Isaac could not take back his blessings after he realized he had blessed Jacob instead of Esau, what about our God? He can not be deceived so all His blessings for our lives are intetional sometimes we just do not experience them because we do not know or we don’t believe they’re our own.

Chronological Bible reading Genesis 27 – 29

For inquiries call…

January 20

Gen.25.22 – The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.

Do you have a to go to person when life heats hard with situations you can’t understand? Those times when you need someone to explain to you what something means, or it’s impact or just what they think. I have close people I easily go to and mostly my family members.

Isaac’s wife stayed for a while did not have a child but after she became expectant the children where kind off battling in her belly. Instead of running to the no it all woman in the village, because at this time she didn’t have a mother to run to, the Bible says she inquired of the Lord.

Situations will keep coming our way, that we need someone to give us a piece of their mind. It is good to ask around but the best thing would be to talk to God. If there is someone who knows us best and understands what we are going through best that person is God. He gave Rebecca a prophecy on the life of her children that was perfect. I bet when we go to Him He will do the same for us. So next time before you run to someone take a minute and first inquire of the Lord.

Chronological Bible reading Genesis 25 – 26

Faith

January 19

Abraham is called the father of faith. There are several incidences in his life we see him expressing great faith in God. From today Bible reading I am seeing two such incidences.

Gen.24.7 – “The LORD, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’-he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there.

In Gen 22:8 this is when God had tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son. Abraham tells Isaac that God would provide a sacrifice for Himself. God provided the ram just when he was almost killing Isaac. What makes me think Abraham had confessed on God’s provision by faith is that he later called the mountain they were at “The Lord will provide”

The second incident Abraham sends his servant to go get a wife for Isaac, when the servant is hesitant and worried on how he would get this done. Abraham tells him that God would send an angel before him. Looking at the events that took place when the servant went out, how he went to a well, prayed for a specific sign and just then Rebecca who was from Abraham’s family, comes and does exactly what he’d prayed for, just shows how God had send an angel before him to help him.

My desire is that we be equiped with faith such that when we talk though simple words they might have impact. I also think Abraham’s words were According to God’s will because he was close to God. May we be so close to God that when we speak it’s just a proclamation of God’s will by faith.

Chronological Bible reading Genesis 22 – 24

It’s a joke right?

January 18

Gen.19.14 – So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

Are there times someone has told you something and you thought it wasn’t serious, however late on you realize it was actually a critical issue?

Lot had been send by the two angels who had been send to destroy the city of Sodom and Gomorrah, to ask his loved ones in the city to escape before the destruction. The Bible says that his sons in law thought it was a joke. They might have been in deep regret when the sulphur started pouring down.

Today may you and I be sensitive to know when God is giving us warning signs. At times His warning looks unrealistic, unreasonable etc but if it comes from God it sure is serious. We don’t want to be in regret when what we were warned about has come to pass. It might not be as big as a city being destroyed, it might be saying no to that boyfriend or girlfriend, it might be denying that bribe etc. Whenever the HolySpirit whispers in your heart or sends someone to warn you may you be among those who take Him seriously.

Chronological Bible reading Genesis 19 – 21

For your sake

January 17

Gen.18.26 – The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

Today’s world is full of wickedness. Probably worse than what was happening at Sodom and Gomorrah. God visited Abraham on His way to destroy the city of Sodom and Gomorrah. He graciously disclosed His intentions to Abraham. That due to the wickedness in the place He was going to destroy it completely.

Abraham negotiates with God, we could call this intersession. He asks if there were 50 righteous people would the Lord still destroy the land together with the righteous? And God says that for the sake of the righteous He wouldn’t destroy it. Abraham went on up to 10 people and stopped at that, maybe he thought such a big city could not miss 10 righteous people.

This made me think and wonder, when God looks at our world today, or my city, my neighborhood, my workplace, am I among the righteous? Could God spare those around me just because I am His child? This is my question for you too, are those around you being spared because God finds you to be a righteous man? Remember Lot was rescued and his family although they didn’t get to 10 atleast God soared Abraham’s nephew before the destruction began. May we strive to live right and live for God. This will be a blessing to us and to those around us.

Chronological Bible reading Genesis16 – 18

Set apart

January 16

Gen.12.1 – The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.

Abram was told by God to leave his country and his people to go the land that God would show him. His people didn’t know about God and so He wanted to set him apart for the calling he had in his life. Being the father of many nations.

You have a calling in your life, a given purpose for your life. Due to that calling there are moments that God will set you apart. You might have to be away from your friends, family etc, for God to lead you to your calling.

Letting God is never easy, I imagine that Abram had a difficult time saying goodbye to the place he knew as home, and to his friends and family. Today letting go might be difficult, but just like Abram when we decide to follow God’s voice then blessing will come our way,not just for us but also for our loved ones.

Chronological Bible reading Genesis 12- 15