True prosperity is much more than just having money. The word used here for prosperity is shalom. It means completeness, soundness, welfare, and peace. It refers to peace with God especially in our covenant relationship.
A covenant is a legally binding contract where two or more people agree on promises, stipulations, privileges and responsibilities. Because it was impossible for fallen man (that us) to keep his side of the covenant, God became man; Jesus. By our union with Jesus, we can fulfill our side of the covenant. The main promise in this covenant is that He will be our God and we will be his people.
The word for delight in means to be mindful of, attentive to, keep and protect. One of the privileges of Him being our God is that He pays attention to what we need to live the abundant life He has planned for us. God has completely prepared for our welfare; spirit, soul and body. We can be secure and have peace knowing He will protect what He has declared is ours.
That is HUGE-right? Sometimes an all encompassing promise like that is hard to wrap your head around. So what exactly does prosperity look like to you?
Hebrews 13:20-21 say that the God of peace will strengthen and equip you with everything that you need to carry out His will. At the same time He is working in you to accomplishes that which delights Him. One of my favorite definitions of prosperity is having the money, resources, time and freedom to do what God calls you to do when He calls you to do it. As His true friends we know and love that He is doing this. We join in His delight seeing the prosperity of the saints around us as well as our own. That is what prosperity looks like to me.
Exercise in Delight: Write your own definition of prosperity. . Then leave a comment and share it with us.
Extra Delight: Reflect on the times you have seen God delighting in your prosperity. Let gratitude bubble up until you an give a shout of JOY!