#383 – How To Prosper

Good morning people faithful people

2 Chronicles 31:20-21 This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.

There are many formulas to being successful and prospering but I believe the best advice is given in these verses. We, like Hezekiah, would do well to keep it this simple.

Hezekiah’s focus was on doing what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. His focus was on being a God-pleaser, not a man-pleaser. A key to this is in the phrase ‘the Lord his God’. Hezekiah had a relationship with God and knew Him personally.

The next key is that in everything Hezekiah sought God’s advice. This is such a simple step that is often neglected. Many times I find myself just getting on with the job and I must constantly remind myself to acknowledge God in all my ways. God longs to be involved in every area of our life and He longs to be the source of wisdom and knowledge in all we do.

As a result of seeking God’s advice and hearing, we then must follow Hezekiah’s example of working wholeheartedly. I think this shows the right elements in the right order. Many people are working wholeheartedly but they haven’t sought God first. The result is busyness without fruitfulness. This is draining and unhealthy. The correct order is seek God diligently in everything and then work diligently. Prayer is not enough; it must be followed by action.

I pray that as we follow this plan, we will prosper as God intends.