I believe that God trusts us with a 'little' - and when we prove ourselves able to handle that 'little' He trusts us with more. Not because HE CAN'T TRUST US but because HE KNOW OUR LIMITS and ABILITIES.
2 Chron 31 v 20-21: Thus Hezekiah did through out all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. (21) And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, SO HE PROSPERED.
Two things come to mind when I read this:
- God loves us unconditionally, but His promises are conditional. You do this - and I'll do this. If you only ever receive His promise of salvation, conditional on your asking for it, acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Saviour and repenting, you WILL go to heaven one day. But God has so many more promises He offers you!
- The second thing that stands out for me is that to prosper is not just 'wealth'. It is health, favour with God and man, inner peace, peace with the people you come into contact with, wisdom, etc. Hezekiah did his best - to honour his Lord - and he prospered!
For me to prosper in this world, I must put God first, do what He asks of me TO THE BEST of my ability, with a good attitude, and for His glory!
The word says in Ps 37 v 4: Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.
If I got the desires of my heart, to me that would be God prospering me!
My encouragement to you is to delight yourself in Christ and His word, and see Him prosper you!
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