20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.
How do you define prosperity?
If you study Scripture, you will find prosperity has more to do with obedience and lesser to do with wealth. It is about building a relationship with God that is fully oriented towards obeying God and following His way. In this sense, a prosperous person is one who has God with him or her. This was the case for Joseph.
Even at the worst time of his life, Joseph prospered because God was WITH him. Joseph’s prosperity had nothing to do with whether he tithed or not or whether he prayed a special prayer of prosperity or whether he made countless declarations for God to make him prosperous. These things have their place in the Scripture, but they must never displace our first love for the Lord Himself and they must never become formulas to manipulate God into doing our will.
Prosperity is a spiritual attitude, not a satiating award because we said the right prayer or use the right formula. Prosperity is about living and thriving with the Holy Spirit who works within us, knowing that it is He who enables us to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.
The person who puts his relationship with God above all else is already successful and prospering—even if outwardly there is little or no evidence of material success or prosperity. When we learn to prioritise our lives according to God’s Kingdom plan and purpose, the promise is God will not only provide but will provide everything according to His riches in glory.
Put simply, prosperity is having the God-given ability to trust God to resource us as we move forward with Him. Going back to the story of Joseph, we know he prospered because he had a spirit of obedience in him. Obedience is the authentic expression of our true identity and destiny as sons and daughters of the Father. And the fruit of obedience is a godly prosperity that seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Pray that God will continue to reveal the riches of the gospel to us so that we will have a gospel-prosperous spirit.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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