Apostle Grace Lubega
Job 1:1-3 (KJV); There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
There are some Christians who believe that the prosperity of a believer is a sign of a corrupt spirit. These quote the Bible in Proverbs 30:9 which says, “Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
I have often heard men make disparaging remarks about ‘prosperity preachers’, on account of this doctrine.
Is this the right view of prosperity? Can we rightfully claim that righteousness and prosperity cannot walk hand in hand?
The Bible has numerous examples of men who walked faithfully with God and were also vastly blessed by Him. Job is one such man. The Bible says that he was perfect and upright and he was the wealthiest man in the East.
How about Isaac? Genesis 26:13 (BSB) says that he became richer and richer, until he was exceedingly wealthy.
Job’s and Abraham’s wealth did not subtract from their relationship with God. It did not make them any less faithful and devoted.
It is erroneous to assume that a man is unrighteous by reason of wealth and is more inclined to righteousness because he is poor.
It is a fact of life that there are wicked poor men and righteous rich men.
It is not the man’s substance that defines his place before God but his heart.
FURTHER STUDY: Genesis 26:13, Psalm 37:25
GOLDEN NUGGET: It is not the man’s substance that defines his place before God but his heart.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I live in the liberties of abundance because I know You. I refuse to be famished, beggarly or sickly because I know that You came to give life and give it abundantly until it overflows. I live a sacrificial yet prosperous life to the glory of Your name because You have put life where sacrifice is. In Jesus’ name, Amen.