Dare 2B Daring – August 08, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“Prosperity cannot be a proof of God’s favor, since it is what the devil promises to those who worship him.” – John Piper
Does God sometimes bless individuals with great wealth? Absolutely! Some of them are believers in Jesus Christ and some are not. In fact, if you polled the world’s wealthiest people, I am guessing that far less than half of them would be professing Christians.
And so, John Piper is right. Prosperity is not necessarily an indication of God’s favor.
Yes, financial blessings, a strong marriage, and good health can be an indication that God is pleased with you. Just look at Job. The Bible says that he was “//blameless and upright”// and that he “feared God and shunned evil.” No wonder he was considered the “//greatest of all the people of the East”.//
But then, at the height of Job’s wealth and community status, God allowed Satan to strip everything away from him except for his life. That didn’t mean that God was any less pleased with Job. It was simply a test, one that Job eventually passed after a few “hiccups” along the way.
Likewise, when we see someone who is struggling to get by financially and experiencing poor health or other afflictions, it doesn’t automatically mean that God is chastising them. A good case in point is Lazarus, the beggar Jesus spoke about in Luke 19. Like Job, he was covered with sores from head to toe. And yet, he was obviously in right relationship with God because upon his death, he was “carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.”
Another great example is the Apostle Paul. No one would dare question the authenticity of his faith and yet, Paul was whipped five times, beaten three times, stoned once, and shipwrecked thrice in addition to his multiple imprisonments. He also experienced weariness, sleeplessness, hunger, thirst, cold, and nakedness.
So, my friend, be slow to draw conclusions about others. It’s true that God may have blessed them with great wealth so that they could support His work around the world. Or their riches could be a snare sent by Satan to keep them from realizing their need for the Savior.
In other words, focus on your own walk with Christ and leave the useless speculation to others.
“Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me…” Jeremiah 9:23-24a (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President