Prosperity Includes Adversity

serveimage1 Kings 2:3
“and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go”

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3 thoughts on “Prosperity Includes Adversity”

  1. Solomon. Before I comment on prosperity, I would like to comment on wisdom. Mainly 1 Corinthians 1:25 “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom…”. Even though God made Solomon the most discerning man that will ever be, he still was responsible for loving the Lord, seeking the Lord. It’s just like that other promise about prosperity… you will always prosper & have supernatural inspired wisdom IF you continue to love & seek the Lord.

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  2. What is prosperity? Or more to the point, what is prosperity for us according to God? I think prosperity to God is to know him and therefore to abound in eternal value. We learn more and more about Him by loving Him & actively seeking Him in every situation, in everyday life.
    So, here in this verse, David is telling Solomon to seek God & love God, so God will prosper him. The question that always arises for me is, when God is “prospering” someone, does that mean no disaster, no death, no pain, no adversity will happen in their life? Job was righteous in God’s eyes, and still he was made to face a lot of pain and disaster – which gave Job powerful opportunities in which to draw closer to God.
    King Solomon was blessed with so much wisdom that he wrote down, and by which our souls, thousands of years later, are blessed today. Yet, because he chose to go against God’s way and marry idol-worshiping women, these women were a curse & a plaque to him spiritually. Maybe he was doing well politically & sexually, but spiritually he might have been bankrupt.
    So, since both Solomon & Job lived before “the cross” happened – how does this verse apply to us, the eternally saved, born-again humans? It helps us to “prosper” spiritually. It tells us how to know God.

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    1. As believers our prosperity must start from the spirit and then it trickles outward. It can possibly lead to blessings in the physical realm but does not necessarily have to do that. Although we do always have this guarantee that God will always meet our needs. Thing is, sometimes what we think we need is definitely different than what God knows that we need.

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