Lessons from the book of Joshua
Joshua 1:7-8 – Can’t miss it.
Joshua 1:7-8 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it [to] the right hand or [to] the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
I don’t understand, sometimes, why it is that many Christians are against prosperity. Some of us think it’s wrong to preach and teach it claiming there are more important things in the kingdom to talk about but here, God is talking to Joshua for the very first time and in less than 10 minutes, God has not only brought up the topic of prosperity but has also shown Joshua how to get it.
I think it’s because we are better skilled in defining our existence using the negatives than we are with the positives. Try it sometime, ask someone to define the word “good”. Very likely, the first attempt at definition would be “not bad” whereas they could have gone for words like beneficial, well intended or benevolent and advantageous. In the same vein, we find it easier to recall the dark parts of our past than it is to recall the beautiful ones. No wonder David had to charge himself to “forget not His benefits”; it’s just too easy for us. So, when we hear the word prosperity, most of what comes to mind is the poor representation of people who thrive on ill-gotten wealth or those who have abused their wealth or given up the faith to get it.
Truth is prosperity is not just about money; it is so much more. The word translated “Prosper and prosperous” actually represents acting circumspectly and hence intelligently, to be an expert, instruct, prosper, deal prudently, be skillful, have good success, teach and have understanding and make others understand, have wisdom, be or behave wisely. Granted, I have access to Hebrew and Greek Dictioniaries but even without that, it’s still says “that you may prosper wherever you go” and “make your way prosperous.” If it had said prosper in your business endeavours or make your pocket prosperous then one would well think it referred exclusively to money but since it does not, I see that it refers to a person’s whole life, existence and pursuits. This is reflected in another scripture,
Psalm 1:3 … and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Since prosperity means much more to God than money, it makes sense that we adopt God’s view of it. Yet, even if it was only about the comforts of this life, it’s not something we even need to pursue as a matter of greed. Greed turns away from some of the instructions of God so whatever is acquired thereby is not prosperity.
Joshua 1:7 … do according to all the Law which My servant Moses commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may act wisely wherever you go.
Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
Prosperity, in all its ramifications, is not a matter of greed but a matter of inevitability; it is as straight as the arrow flies … a straight up bull’s eye. The issue is not how we as Christians can prosper; rather it is how come we don’t. The only way to avoid being prosperous is to turn to the right hand or to the left from the laws and commandments of God contained in his word. As long as you keep following the voice of the Lord, prosperity in all its ramifications is a matter of time.
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