Everyone wants to be prosperous including me. How about you? I think it is the desire of most everyone to be successful in whatever they decide to do in life. There is a successful person in the Bible that I would like to draw a lesson from, his name is Joseph. Do you remember Joseph?
His brothers hated him because Joseph and his brother Benjamin were their father's favorites and when his father sent him to take food to his brothers who were herding sheep a long distance from home, his brothers saw him coming and decided to harm him, actually get rid of him and one of the brothers didn't want them to hurt him so they decided to sell him as a slave to some Ishmaelites who were passing by. An officer of the king bought him and it seemed that everything that Joseph did prospered and so the officer put Joseph in charge of his whole household.
It happened that the officer's wife kept looking longingly at Joseph and wanted him to lie with her and finally she grabbed him and he fled and left his coat in her hand and she told her husband that Joseph tried to lie with her and he fled and left his garment with her and when he fled he said, "how can I do this great wickedness and sin against God."
He ended up in prison and the keeper of the prison saw how faithful Joseph was with his duties etc. and gave him charge of the prison and everything that Joseph did prospered again. The lord prospered Joseph in everything he did, do you know why? I think the reason was because God came first in Joseph's life and he would not sin against God even when enticed.
Joseph eventually became, you might call him the prime minister of the land of Egypt and everything he did prospered again. You can read his story in Genesis 39 & 40.
I was thinking about how God prospered Joseph and how he prospered Daniel too and saw how far we have wandered away from God so that we don't seem to worry about our relationship with Him or what He thinks about us, it is no wonder why we are not prospering like Joseph did in his work. We need to get serious about our relationship with God and think seriously about what He really wants to do with our lives and why He can't bless us like He blessed Joseph in Egypt
Would you consider this story and search your hearts like I am searching mine and see what is hindering us from being prosperous like Joseph. It is not just monetary prospering that God wants to bless us with, it is our health and our emotional and spiritual life as well.
I think the story of Joseph is my very favorite story in the Bible. There is a lot more to it than what I mentioned in this study, you need to read it and see what happened when the famine came and how his family came back together again. It truly is a wonderful story. Take the lesson to heart and it will help us in our daily walk with God. Grandma Joan