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Today’s Truth

Blessed are all who fear the lord, who walk in His ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor. Blessings and prosperity will be yours. (Psalm 128:1-2)

Friend to Friend

My husband Brad and I were the poster kids for financial stewardship. Larry Burkett junkies and cash-budget-nerds from the day our vows were exchanged. Thirteen years into marriage, we got a bit unsatisfied with our bank numbers and borrowed to invest in several lots of land.

The plan?

Flip them for a quick and hefty profit.

Change the bank numbers.

Secure our financial future.

Our intentions were sincere. Brad wanted to be able to retire from corporate by the age of 50 so he could join me in full time ministry. Surely God would bless and prosper such a noble mission, right?

Yes. He did. By allowing us to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars and endure excruciating years of class action lawsuits, private shame, and debt.

We lost a lot – but gained prosperity in wisdom and character. The lessons we learned in the darkness of our financial struggles are now priceless treasures.

God taught us to pay our debts, to do right things even when it hurts, and to trust Him in the fire of hardship.

There are some in Western Christian culture that promise unicorns and rainbows to those who follow Christ. Implying that the “good” God intends for your life is void of conflict, loss, sickness, and financial hardship. “If you don’t receive that job or the healing you’re praying for, then you simply don’t have enough faith.” “Visualize it and it will come to pass.” “God wants you to be happy, healthy and wealthy!”

Bunk.

The psalmist wrote in Psalm 128:1-2, “Blessed are all who fear the lord, who walk in His ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor. Blessings and prosperity will be yours.” (Psalm 128:1-2, NIV) In the ESV translation, that final line reads, “It will be well with you.”

Wise king Solomon wrote, “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” (Proverbs 21:12)

Prosperity is found when we walk in God’s ways and revere Him.

When we immerse ourselves in the righteousness and love of God.

When we rest in His sovereignty and align our behaviors to Biblical principles.

Spoiler alert: unicorns don’t exist and there’s not a pot of gold at the end of each faith rainbow. The secret to a prosperous life isn’t found in comfort, perfect health and luxury. The secret to a prosperous life is found in loving and fearing the Lord, obeying and walking in the ways of His Word, and yielding continually to His Spirit within you.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, You are good and generous. Help me to honor You with today, tomorrow and everything. Give me a passion for righteousness and empower me to love You and others well.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What would it look like for you to be prosperous today?

Read Psalm 128, then spend some time in responsive prayer.

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3 Responses to “True Prosperity”

  1. Bernadette says:

    As a result of the pandemic there are a lot of pryamid schemes being formed in my country. The persons who created these groups are asking potential members for example to invest seven hundred dollars and gain thirty-five hundred dollars. They are required to bring two people.
    People lost their jobs. People got their work hours reduced and other things. The pyramid schemes are assisting some, however, a lot of persons are loosing a lot of money.
    Everyone wants to get rich quick or pay off some debt but I am of the belief these schemes are not of God.
    Today’s devotion in my opinion spoke to me directly. It removed all doubts and confirmed what prosperity is.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. Anna Marie says:

    Thank you Gwen , I’m blessed beyond measure. Even with out a job and our health insurance just quit. I know God will provide cause he always does. God has always seen us through hard times. I’m fortunate to have a good loving providing husband. That God sent me . When I asked him to bring me the man he wanted for me. In that I hit my pot of gold. God always brings the very best. Amen ♥️🙏 Thank you Jesus .

  3. Mandy Foley says:

    Amen Sister . God can do it all! There isn’t a situation he cannot fix or heal. But it has to be in HIS way and time! We must understand that our outcomes aren’t always in line with his. 💜❤️✝️🙏🏻

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