MEMORISE : Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor
riches; feed me with food convenient for me: PROVERBS 30 : 8.
READ : 2 CHRONICLES 18 : 1 – 3.
1 NOW Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity
2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed
sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with him,
and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth-gilead.
3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go
with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my
people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 KINGS 9 – 10 AND LUKE 3 : 7 – 22.
Prosperity is good, and it is far better than poverty. As a matter of fact, God
wants His children to prosper ( 3 John 2 ). However, we cannot wave off the
words of Agur’s prophecy in today’s memory verse. One may wonder why he
would make this strange utterance. The answer lies in Proverbs 30 : 9 :
“Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and
steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
The first part of his reason for this statement is what I consider to be the
other side of prosperity. When you become so prosperous that you forget the
God who prospered you in the first place, you are in very serious trouble. My
prayer for you is that the prosperity that will make you forsake God will not
come your way in Jesus’ Name.
In our Bible reading, we see how God prospered King Jehoshaphat with abundant
riches; but after he experienced prosperity, he made a military alliance with
the wicked King Ahab. He would have lost his life through this evil association
with Ahab, but for the mercy of God ( 2Chronicles 18 : 31 ). You must be very
careful of the people you associate with as you climb the ladder of prosperity
( Proverbs 19 : 4 ). Some people suddenly become clubbers after they start
commanding wealth. They now enjoy the world of vanities, and no longer value
time for fellowship with the brethren. The story of King David in 2 Samuel 11 : 1
– 2 is an example of what prosperity can do to a one-time valiant warrior.
David had no time for extra-marital affairs when he was running for his dear
life from cave to cave. But after the crown came, at a time he was supposed to
lead Israel to battle as he used to do, he was busy enjoying a sinful holiday.
Should we then conclude that prosperity is evil? Not at all; all we need to do is
to follow the pattern of prosperity management used by the fathers of faith
like Abraham. No matter how wealthy you become, keep standing out as a lover
of God who trembles at His commandments. Your wealth has a purpose, which is
to serve the interest of God and His Kingdom through the machinery of the
Church. You cannot imagine that God will bless someone with a car, when the
motive is to use it for seducing innocent girls to defile them. This is the
reason why some children of God are yet to receive their promised prosperity:
God knows they cannot handle it yet.
PRAYER POINT :
Father, grant me the wisdom and the spiritual maturity to handle wealth.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
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