how to prosper in what we do

A look at the countryside

I think our hearts are alike, you and I, when it comes to this: we want to prosper in the things the Lord has called us, has set in front of us to do. Be it great or small, we want to prosper — not just in the financial meaning of the word but truly “to succeed in an activity; to become strong and flourishing” as the Merriam-Webster dictionary puts it. Because that is just like the image of the woman of God I want to be like; strong and flourishing.

But to be honest with you? Most days, I have absolutely no idea what to do, which way to go, in order to prosper in anything. Which is why I was so glad when last week, as I was reading through 2 Chronicles in my daily devotions, God so clearly captured my attention and pointed out these principles for prospering in the Scripture.

So what does the Bible say about how to prosper in what we do?

“He [Uzziah] sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.” (2 Chronicles 26:5)

We need to seek the Lord. Uzziah was 16 years old when he became a king, and he reigned for 52 years in Jerusalem. During those years, Uzziah went into war with the Philistines, the Arabians and the Meunites, and he defeated them. Uzziah’s fame spread far and wide (2 Chron. 26:15). He built towers both in Jerusalem and in the desert; he built cities around Ashdod and among the Philistines. All this because as long as Uzziah sought the Lord, God made him prosper.

“So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God.” (2 Chronicles 27:6)

We need to prepare our ways before the Lord, living in obedience to His Word. Jotham was the son of Uzziah, and he became a king at the age of 25. During his 16 -year-reign in Jerusalem, Jotham built cities in the mountains of Judah and fortresses and towers in the forests. He went to war with the Ammonites and defeated them, and received silver, wheat, and barley as a tribune over the next three years. Jotham became powerful because he was careful to live in obedience to the Lord his God.

Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 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.” (2 Chronicles 31:20-21)

We need to do it with all our heart. Hezekiah was the son of the wicked king Ahaz. The Bible refers to Ahaz as “continually unfaithful to the Lord” and he “encouraged moral decline in Judah.” His son, Hezekiah, however, cleanses the temple of the Lord and the temple is restored to service. After this, Hezekiah asks everyone to come to the temple of the Lord to celebrate the Passover — something the people of Israel had not done though it was required in the Law. Truly, Hezekiah set on to restoring the people of Israel, to have them return to the Lord — and Hezekiah did this with all his heart, and so he prospered.

Whatever the task before you is, that you wish to prosper in — these are the principles we can live by, and trust that the Lord will make us prosper. Because when we seek the Lord, when we live in obedience to His Word, when we do all with all our heart? Surely it is living according to God’s will and purpose for our lives.

So seek the Lord, and ask His will for the day. Live in obedience to His Word, being quick to hear and to obey. And whatever the Lord shows you, do it with all your heart. You will be blessed, my friend. Oh, you will be so blessed.

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  • helloredds

    What a great post about Hezekiah and obedience! I really like this part, "And whatever the Lord shows you, do it will all your heart. You will be blessed, my friend. Oh, you will be so blessed." There is great joy in living surrendered and willing to do whatever God calls us to do, isn't there! I came over on Titus 2 today, and I'm glad to find your site. I also pinned you here: https://www.pinterest.com/melredd/blog-link-parties-and-blog-link-ups/ Hope you have a blessed day~ Melanie

    • Ronja

      Thank you for all this, Melanie! I think the more I have surrendered myself to His will and His timings, the more freedom and grace I have found in every single thing in my life. His plans and purposes are always for our good, and there is truly such joy to be found in there, like you said. Thank you for taking the time to comment here, Melanie! I'm so glad you found my site. :) God bless you!

  • helloredds

    What a great post about Hezekiah and obedience! I really like this part, "And whatever the Lord shows you, do it will all your heart. You will be blessed, my friend. Oh, you will be so blessed." There is great joy in living surrendered and willing to do whatever God calls us to do, isn't there! I came over on Titus 2 today, and I'm glad to find your site. I also pinned you here: https://www.pinterest.com/melredd/blog-link-parties-and-blog-link-ups/ Hope you have a blessed day~ Melanie

    • Ronja

      Thank you for all this, Melanie! I think the more I have surrendered myself to His will and His timings, the more freedom and grace I have found in every single thing in my life. His plans and purposes are always for our good, and there is truly such joy to be found in there, like you said. Thank you for taking the time to comment here, Melanie! I'm so glad you found my site. :) God bless you!

  • Tayrina González (@TinyMixOf)

    What a great and big truth you are sharing here! I'm been there feeling that sometimes I don't know what to do and how do it. But the Word of God speak to us how to do things in God's way! Thanks for sharing this amazing post and encouraging also! I'm visiting you from Word Filled Wednesday Link Up. Romja you are also invited to join me every Monday at Words of Comfort Link Up to share your inspiring and encouraging posts! Blessings, Tayrina

    • Ronja

      Thank you for these sweet words of encouragement, Tayrina! Aren't we truly so blessed as God always leads us and guides us through His Word? :) Thank you for the invitation, too! God bless you!

  • Tayrina González (@TinyMixOf)

    What a great and big truth you are sharing here! I'm been there feeling that sometimes I don't know what to do and how do it. But the Word of God speak to us how to do things in God's way! Thanks for sharing this amazing post and encouraging also! I'm visiting you from Word Filled Wednesday Link Up. Romja you are also invited to join me every Monday at Words of Comfort Link Up to share your inspiring and encouraging posts! Blessings, Tayrina

    • Ronja

      Thank you for these sweet words of encouragement, Tayrina! Aren't we truly so blessed as God always leads us and guides us through His Word? :) Thank you for the invitation, too! God bless you!

  • Hi Ronja, Seeking God and his desires for our lives is the best place to be! Don't you find those stories in the Bible about kings who ruled as God directed so inspiring? Even when we seek God, sometimes our way ahead isn't so clear but it's the confidence we need to know we're in the right place. I love the promise that tells us if we seek him, he will be found! xo

    • Ronja

      Valerie, I think we often turn to the New Testament because it is full of those verses that apply to our situations and are easy to remember. But I absolutely love the Old Testament for its inspiring and encouraging examples of how God has always been so faithful and merciful towards the Israelites. Sometimes it takes 40 years in the wilderness; sometimes it takes 40 days and nights in the rain. But all through that, God is always faithful and does what He knows is the best for us. That truly is so comforting and encouraging! Thank you for stopping by here, friend! Blessings to you!

  • Hi Ronja, Seeking God and his desires for our lives is the best place to be! Don't you find those stories in the Bible about kings who ruled as God directed so inspiring? Even when we seek God, sometimes our way ahead isn't so clear but it's the confidence we need to know we're in the right place. I love the promise that tells us if we seek him, he will be found! xo

    • Ronja

      Valerie, I think we often turn to the New Testament because it is full of those verses that apply to our situations and are easy to remember. But I absolutely love the Old Testament for its inspiring and encouraging examples of how God has always been so faithful and merciful towards the Israelites. Sometimes it takes 40 years in the wilderness; sometimes it takes 40 days and nights in the rain. But all through that, God is always faithful and does what He knows is the best for us. That truly is so comforting and encouraging! Thank you for stopping by here, friend! Blessings to you!

  • erynrharper

    What a perfect blog. Short, sweet, and to the point. Filled not with your opinions but the word of God. Great read and encouraging!

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for these kind words of encouragement! What a blessing this whole comment was to me this morning. :) Thank you so much! God bless you!

  • erynrharper

    What a perfect blog. Short, sweet, and to the point. Filled not with your opinions but the word of God. Great read and encouraging!

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much for these kind words of encouragement! What a blessing this whole comment was to me this morning. :) Thank you so much! God bless you!

  • sandraj2015

    Thanks for such a beautiful post and rich message of what prospering looks like (it sure isn't the picture the world paints). Visiting you from Holley's. Blessings!

  • sandraj2015

    Thanks for such a beautiful post and rich message of what prospering looks like (it sure isn't the picture the world paints). Visiting you from Holley's. Blessings!

  • Dawn Boyer

    You have been on my heart, Ronja, and I have finally been able to sit down and find your words here to rest with you a bit. I appreciate the instruction here, as God's Word always leads us, to seek first His Kingdom and then be satisfied because of the fruit it brings. Matt 6:33 rings in my ears so often..seek first God and His righteousness, and all the things that are important ( changed by the time in His presence) will be yours....which is time with Him. :) He is fully present all the time, isn't He. Fully able to present to us the offering that grace abounds deeply and completely. Thanks for leading us to seek Him first! Blessings, Dawn

    • Ronja

      Dawn, what a beautiful and encouraging message this was! It is always a blessing to have you in this space, and to hear that you want to come here gives me such joy. :) I've been thinking about the way you put it, why we look to put Him first in all things... He is able and willing to offer that beautiful grace -- grace that abounds deeps in our hearts and echoes complete in our souls. God sure is so good to us, isn't He? Thank you for sharing this with me here, Dawn, and giving me these comforting, hope-filled words to encourage me today! God bless you, friend!

  • Dawn Boyer

    You have been on my heart, Ronja, and I have finally been able to sit down and find your words here to rest with you a bit. I appreciate the instruction here, as God's Word always leads us, to seek first His Kingdom and then be satisfied because of the fruit it brings. Matt 6:33 rings in my ears so often..seek first God and His righteousness, and all the things that are important ( changed by the time in His presence) will be yours....which is time with Him. :) He is fully present all the time, isn't He. Fully able to present to us the offering that grace abounds deeply and completely. Thanks for leading us to seek Him first! Blessings, Dawn

    • Ronja

      Dawn, what a beautiful and encouraging message this was! It is always a blessing to have you in this space, and to hear that you want to come here gives me such joy. :) I've been thinking about the way you put it, why we look to put Him first in all things... He is able and willing to offer that beautiful grace -- grace that abounds deeps in our hearts and echoes complete in our souls. God sure is so good to us, isn't He? Thank you for sharing this with me here, Dawn, and giving me these comforting, hope-filled words to encourage me today! God bless you, friend!

  • Sharon

    Once again, your words have touched me. Sometimes the idea of *prospering* gets mixed up with the world's values. And that's when I can get steered off-course. Prospering doesn't necessarily mean bigger audiences, or more money, or greater fame. God turns the world's values upside-down. To prosper with Him means receiving all the blessings of His great love and grace. In Kingdom currency, we are rich indeed, with cups filled to overflowing! GOD BLESS!

  • Sharon

    Once again, your words have touched me. Sometimes the idea of *prospering* gets mixed up with the world's values. And that's when I can get steered off-course. Prospering doesn't necessarily mean bigger audiences, or more money, or greater fame. God turns the world's values upside-down. To prosper with Him means receiving all the blessings of His great love and grace. In Kingdom currency, we are rich indeed, with cups filled to overflowing! GOD BLESS!