I am fairly sure that if I had asked you before you read this page, where in the Bible you would find Tryphena and Tryphosa, you would say that you had no idea. And you probably do not know either, what they did and why their names were included here.
Another verse from Proverbs concerning work. This one is speaking of a person who is exceptionally good at what they do. The encouragement here is to work hard and develop high level skills, and sooner or later you will be recognised and honoured for that. The result will be promotion.
If we consider our verse for today, from Proverbs 18, the writer is saying that those who do not work well are just as bad as destructive people. None of us want to be known as destructive. But rather those who are constructive, positive and able to build others up.
God has work for each one of those who follow His Son. His plan is that the whole earth hears about Jesus, and His saving grace. Many of us are called to full time ministry. Many are not called to full time ministry, but to live as full time believers!
We mentioned this verse yesterday, but it is worth looking at in more detail. Jesus was answering the question posed by some in the crowd that had been searching for Him since they had seen the multiplication of bread and fish. But what a simple answer Jesus gives:- Just believe!
The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent. Faith goes a long way to providing what we need when we need it! Many books have been written about miraculous provision. Many people do not believe that happened, even when it is in The Bible!
David made the Ammonites work for him, in fact these verses let us know that it was hard labour. Many christians work too much because they have been led to think we must work for Jesus. All He asks of us is to Love Him and do what He says.
This psalm can encourage each of us in whatever work we are doing for The Lord. Whether witnessing to a colleague, friend or family member, or whether preparing to start a new ministry of world outreach. The process is the same. And the prayer from this verse is the same.
The city gate was where the leaders of the town met to discuss anything and everything that was going on in their part of the world. They observed different people from the city. Hence this verse today suggesting that this perfect wife would be talked about by the city council.
The disciples went to the upper room and waited! And waited! And waited! They had no idea how long they were to wait, and no idea what they were actually waiting for. But Jesus had said to go to the upper room, and they were waiting for His next instruction!