Does God want us to prosper? Of course He does, He want us to live our lives more abundantly (John 10:10).
In the Bible, it said,”Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly…..and whatsoever he doeth, shall prosper.” (KJV Psalms 1:1-3). In our modern age, there is so much talk about material needs and wants. In many churches, the “Prosperity Gospel” movement is gaining ground because it preaches that God is full of grace and He will give what we want, we just keep on believing and claim it by faith… How foolish!! How can we can never put God in a box and expect Him to give what we want. He is our Almighty God and the Creater of our universe. He alone decides what is the best for us.
Biblical prosperity is not just about material prosperity. It may be physical, spiritual or even emotional as well. It would be wrong to say that a brother or sister is not blessed by God because she is poor. How about those missionaries who sacrificed and gave their everything to go to another land to spread the gospel?
When we are generous and giving, God opens the window of heaven and pours His blessings on us. Proverbs 3:9 says we should honor God with our wealth and first fruits. Have we been faithful in doing that? We need to stop focusing on giving in order to get good luck, a better job or more money. God’s blessings can be material or something else. He is sovereign and He decides to whom He gives and what He gives. God will prosper us in the way that is best for us and His greater plan. Some may prosper financially, others spiritually, and others in the family or ministry. We need to say;”God, I surrender my finance and my life to you, have your way, Lord Jesus. Amen”