‘The Lord was with Joseph so he prospered’.
Sometimes it feels to me like I did all of the work so I prospered myself. But then I’ve also had times when I’ve worked really hard and I didn’t receive any obvious ‘prospering’ from it.
So it makes sense to me that it’s not the work itself that is prospering me – it’s the favor of the Lord – his will.
I’ve had several very clear instances recently where God clearly prospered me – just because he wanted to, not because of anything extra special that I did. If you have been on this journey with me very long, you may remember a year or so ago when I felt that God was telling me he wanted me to go to the Holy Land. It was very clear to me that he wanted me to go – he wants to forever change how I read and study his Word through this trip.
But I didn’t have the money for it so I asked him how I was going to pay for it. And every time he reminded me that I was supposed to go, I reminded him – show me the money :).
A couple of months later I won an award at work that I didn’t even know I had been nominated for. It came with a check that was the amount of the trip (plus a tithe, of course).
Nice! The trip has been rescheduled a couple of times and now I am less than 60 days away from going to Israel to experience all that God has planned for me!
I feel like a very rich woman when I think of my little grand-daughter who is on her way – she’ll be here at the end of March. I’ve wanted a grand-daughter for a very long time and I feel very prosperous in ways that don’t involve money as I think of all of the ‘girl’ fun we will have in the coming years. She is definitely a very precious gift straight from the heart of God.
God prospered me again several weeks ago when I found out my position at work had been upgraded. Out of the blue. I’m doing the same thing I always do – giving it 100% and adding value. It’s all God – he decides when the awards and promotions come.
And we prosper according to His will.
Thank you, dear God!