Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
(Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV))
What could be more comforting than to know that God plans to prosper us?
Do you fully rely on the promises of this passage? Do you expect God to give you hope and a future? Do you expect God to bless you and to not harm you? Do you expect God to prosper you?
I don’t want to sound like I am extolling the virtues of those who preach a gospel of prosperity. All too often these people preach nothing more than prosperity. They do not teach salvation and the saving grace that is only available through the atoning blood of Jesus. They simply teach that God wants to proper you. They look upon God as a big piggy bank with an abundance of resources that are to be given out if you will simply ask for them. They ignore the spiritual side of prosperity and teach the physical rewards of prosperity.
It is true that God does want to prosper each of us. Jeremiah tells us so. What we must remember is that God desires to prosper those who earnestly seek His face. He wants to give the keys to His Kingdom to those who desire to be in His presence. He knows that their hearts will guide them in all that He desires for them. God desires to proper each of us, yet, He cannot prosper those who are not ready for His blessings. They would squander the blessings. They would waste the blessings. They would hoard the blessings.
We must have an attitude similar to that of Jabez so that the blessings and prosperity that we receive will become blessings to others as we use these blessings to spread the Word of God.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
(Matthew 6:33 (NIV))