Those who TRUST in the Lord will Prosper

There is no doubt that most people in the modernized world realizes how big of a role that money plays in the convenience of life. It affords one the opportunity to live and play at their leisure or preference. At the inception of this year, Thursday, January 14, 2016, we saw the passion and appetite for money reach its height. The largest Powerball jackpot in U.S. history, $1,586,400,000, blowing the previous record of $656 million out of the water, was up for grabs. Ultimately, the jackpot was split among three with the winning numbers.

While most would assume that life would be grand after such winnings, many who have kept tabs on lottery winners offer a different perspective. Once one wins, their lives rivals Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. They lead the country in flights of a different kind. There are flights of people coming and going in their lives fuel by greed. It has been found that many lottery winners lives are peppered with disaster. Of the biggest disasters, there are a multitude of reports evidencing the gashes to relationship with family and friends. Divorce has been found to be a major player with lottery winners. Friends of many years often find themselves at odds and embroiled in court battles because of their greed for the money. Even for lesser sums, we all have seen actors, athletes and entrepreneurs besieged by friends and groupees. For many, what was considered a highway to happiness ended up being a parking lot of pain. Those events cause me to agree with the writer of Proverbs who says those who TRUST in the Lord will prosper.

The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.
All that is written above is succinctly captured in that one verse. We see some of the conflict in the examples of above. There is certainly no prosperity in divorce and the disintegration of families. Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” I cannot imagine not having the men in my life who really care for me especially the one or two who have walked with me during the darkest days of my life upto this point. Loosing my friends over greed would certainly not be prosperous but being loved by them despite my flaws is invaluable. Now, I truly see that those who TRUST in the Lord will prosper
Those who TRUST in the Lord will prosper. Matthew Henry wrote “He who puts his trust in the Lord, who, instead of struggling for himself, commits his cause to God, shall be made fat. He saves the money which others spend upon their pride and contentiousness; he enjoys himself, and has abundant satisfaction in his God; and thus his soul dwells at ease, and he is most likely to have plenty of outward good things. None live so easily, so pleasantly, as those who live by faith.” Whereas those who are greedy are “continually unquiet, that are haughty and quarrelsome, for they are opposed to those that shall be made fat: He that is of a proud heart, that is conceited of himself and looks with a contempt upon all about him, that cannot bear either competition or contradiction, he stirs up strife, makes mischief, and creates disturbance to himself and every body else.”
Those who TRUST in the Lord will prosper. For the one who chooses relationships over riches will always prosper if the object of the relationship is Jehovah, the Almighty God. God is calling us all to relationship to Him. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Similarly, God told the Israelites, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14  Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Do you want to be free from burdens? Do you want the presence of God with you always? Do you want rest? Do you want peace? Then, you must pursue God and not your greed. God is the true measure of prosperity; therefore, Those who TRUST in the Lord will prosper.

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