Prosperity and the Christian Mind
The Bible is full of exciting stories that are worth reading for our daily needs and fulfillment. They provide insight and inspiration that we can't afford to ignore. They offer instructions for our prosperity that can only benefit us if we are capable of understanding those instructions.
For the christian to understand prosperity, he must first understand God's purpose and intentions for his life, because walking in God's way for the Christian means also walking in the instruction and commandment which He, our Lord, gives us. And when He gives clear and precise instructions, they must be obeyed to the letter if we are ever going to prosper.
For the Prophet Isaiah to prosper, he obeyed God's instructions. God had already told him that there would be years of drought in the land ruled by King Ahab. Since there was going to be a drought, God instructed him to move away from that land:
I King 17:2 And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
17:3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
17:4 And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.
17:5 So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.
For Isaiah to prosper, he had to obey God's instructions and move away from an unfavourable condition to one in which God's favour was in great abundance. The result of this obedience to God's instruction was that he was fed day and night.
1 King 17:6 And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.
God had already made his supply of abundance ready and available to Isaiah even before Isaiah arrived at the brook. All Isaiah needed to do was to obey God's instructions and move away from a place of lack to the place of plenty. God's purpose and intention for our life is quite clear; that at each point in our life we shall have fulfillment. God has already prepared an abundant supply of his goodness to meet and fulfill whatever needs we might have at any point in our life. And that means even in hard times, we will not lack. But all this abundance comes with doing like Isaiah, what God has instructed us to do.
Deuteronomy 28:2 helps us understand this better,
28:2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
Prosperity for the Christian without obeying God's instructions simply means making choices and taking decisions that are not in line with God's purpose and intentions for our life. As Christians when God instructs us to take a step in the direction in which he wants us to go, we should, like Isaiah, obey those instructions for God to fulfill His purpose and intentions in our life. And even if we lack the experience to obey, He has assured us in Psalm 32 verse 8 that "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye."
Praise the Lord.
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