The prosperity we seek
Colossians 2 vs 2 – 3 “…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Each time you read the Bible, it has this unique ability to speak to you. No matter how many times you read stories that are familiar, they jump out at you with a new revelation and meaning as you ponder on them.
For a while now like many of us, I wanted so much to believe that this verse, Jeremiah 29 vs 11 which says “I have plans to prosper you…” speaks about material prosperity. I suppose that is our daily prayer, that the Lord may bless each of us with wealth.
We want so desperately for Him to bless us in a way that we will understand and in this instance, it is in the material things He gives us. We love things, both big and small, and we are so receptive to receiving gifts, we literally live for things.
We have defined life on the basis of what we can amass. We look at our neighbors and think, why can’t I have what they have? Our lives become complicated the minute our eyes go ahead of us and our desires take charge.
We want so much to have all the things the world has defined as being hip and cool. As we grow in stature we want the trappings that define who we are. The majority of our problems are as a result of the things we want and desire. We will do anything and everything to have the things we want; we will lie, steal, hurt and maim, all in a bid to get ahead.
The question is, why do we have such an insatiable appetite, what drives us to want and want? Why can this desire not be quenched? So in a bid to meet these needs we have said, “For God to be real in my life, He must be a God that gives.”
We have gone a step further by defining what God should give us, scripture has been perverted to only mean that for you to know that God can hear you, God must aptly show this through ensuring that you have your heart’s desires.
However, outside of things, there is something greater that He is urging us to seek. He is saying: I want to prosper you spiritually. The Bible says, “What does it benefit a man to gain the world but lose his soul?”
Have you ever thought that the Lord intended for us to be rich in spirit, to be totally driven by a desire to know His word and bask in knowing Him? It is easier to seek things but we should first and foremost seek Him in our lives. When we prosper through the knowledge of Him, it totally changes how we view and see things.
Our reaction to material things changes all of a sudden and the storms in our lives take a turn for the better. Instead of seeing them as problems that engulf us, we begin to see them as an opportunity for God to shine in our lives. We see Him through the eyes of a child and in everything, see the good that was intended to manifest eventually.
The need of the hour is for people who are firmly grounded in God’s word, people who know God and, as a result, are happier and more confident. Their blessings are not about the things they have, but are about the peace of mind they have that anchors them.
We all want to prosper but what can be more precious than to have the peace that surpasses all understanding, regardless of where we may find ourselves. Allow Him to prosper your spirit to a point where you find peace.
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