Why has God prospered YOU? Have you ever stopped and really thought about it? If we are being honest, and I hope we are, we know we don't deserve it. Or do we? Have we earned God's favor? Are we so good that God has no choice but to honor our prayers, and give us what we desire? Or is God so good, that He chooses to bless us, in order to use us. Let's take a walk through God's Word and gain some insight.
First we will look at some people whom God has blessed.
All of whom used their prosperity to persecute Christians and Jews. Yet God still choose to prosper them. Rome for example was prospered to spread the Gospel through the vast network of roads they created. Saul was prospered, yet God choose to show us how David the ruddy king would be exalted for his heart. Pharaoh was prospered, yet God used them to bring forth Moses and Joseph.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and rose to be number 2 in power in Egypt. He was able to store up enough food to save his people, the Jews, from famine. His own brothers did not recognize him and when he made himself known, he said these word.
That is the reason God prospers people. To bring glory to Himself, and bless others through those He chooses to bless. How we respond to his blessings, is what matters most to Him. There are so many people in need of help, yet go without. Consider these verses;
I witnessed up close a family loose all their earthly possessions in a fire recently. My wife's mother and father literally have the clothes on their backs and a couple boxes of smoke tainted clothes and papers. That's it. When you have nothing to loose, your left with faith. True faith.
- No longer can you trust your roof, because you have none.
- No longer can you put faith in your walls and locks to protect you, because you have none.
- No longer can you put your faith in your cupboards, because you have none.
- No longer can you put your faith in your bed, because you have none.
But God understands. He can relate to your condition. .
This conversation takes place all too often. People "say they will follow Jesus", but have conditions. In this verse in Matthew, the scribe was rich, very rich. When he said "let me go and bury my father, he wasn't talking about funeral arrangements. He was saying "let me go and wait for my father to die so I can get my inheritance". Then he would follow Jesus.
We can't lay conditions on God. Jesus says "Follow me and let the dead bury the dead". In other words, trust me to provide for you.
- I am all you need.
- I am sufficient.
- I am enough.
- I am more than enough.
I think of the "widows mite" in Mark 12. She is the perfect picture of charity.
In God's economy, 2 mites is of more value than all that the rich gave. You see, the world gives honor to the amount given. God gives honor to the amount held back. The widow gave all she had and held back nothing. We could and should learn from her example. Please consider helping Consuelo & Cesar with a charitable gift below.
May the Lord Bless You,