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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