This guy was about to learn what I learned in kindergarten from the song “Oh, you can’t get to heaven, on roller skates…” and it’s accompanying silly verses:
“…a carved image and a metal image. And it was in the house of Micah. And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordained one of his sons, who became his priest. In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Judges 17:5-6
God will not be just another good luck charm. We might do what is right in our own eyes, adding an appearance of religiosity to the mix, but we cannot expect to appease Him into prospering us (read what happens to Micah in chapter 18).
But in contrast, neither is living a sacrificial life a guarantee that you or I will prosper according to this world’s definition…
“…When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of Jesus Christ.'” Acts 21:13
Christ never promised his disciples an easy life.
But as I come to the Father according to His prescribed instruction, through the only Mediator, I am given a hope that is absolutely sure… an eternal prosperity:
“Their children shall be as they were of old, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all who oppress them. Their prince shall be one of themselves; their ruler shall come out from their midst; I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me, for who would dare of himself to approach me? declares the Lord.”
And you shall be my people,
and I will be your God.
One day God will prosper His people. You and I must make sure we are one of them!
“Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.” Jeremiah 31:13
“He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
He has already completed the work to make our hope sure by sending his Son, the Prince of Peace, who came in flesh, out of the midst of Israel, “Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here…” (Mk.16:6) He is able to draw near to God on my behalf having made peace through His blood.
I trust in the blood of Christ,
and I am waiting for You.
Thank you for Your Spirit in the meantime.
I can’t wait ’til that day when You will come and dwell with us.
Help me to remember to look for the prosperity that will never perish, spoil or fade… every day.