Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labour; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:1-2
The talk on blessings and prosperity is a subject that many people long to hear. A prosperity preaching congregation swells in number very fast than one that points people to the fear of the Lord. The sad side of the story is that material possessions have often become a measure of how much one has been blessed and has prospered even if such obtain their wealth illicitly.
What showers blessings and prosperity in the life of an individual? What does it mean to be blessed and prosperous? Perhaps we should start by asking; what is blessing and prosperity?
To be blessed by God is to receive strength in our weakness, to have our feeble knees strengthened by the Almighty. “In our weakness, we kneel before God and He provides His strength (lit. blessing). Thus, a blessing from God is empowerment to be able to do what is not within our natural capabilities,” Brian. A prosperous person is thus one who has been blessed by God, and enjoys he strength of the Lord in all that he does. Unlike the worldly attestation of abundance of material possessions as prosperity, prosperity from God means operating under His blessing, under his strength that gives us favor to succeed.
It is therefore void to talk about being blessed and prosperous independent of God. The worldly view of prosperity and being ‘blessed’ as measured by the amount of money and riches shouldn’t be the view of a believer. We are blessed when we show reverence to the Lord, we are blessed when we fear the Lord, we are blessed when we acknowledge God and take Him for who he is reverently. Revering God amounts to an allegiance to Him, to fear the Lord is to obey him. The blessings and prosperity of the Lord falls on us if we thus fear him and walk in obedience to him.
May blessings from God cause us to be prosperous, full of strength to do all we ought to do. Full of wisdom for us to make wise decisions and choices. Surpassing understanding to discern right from wrong. Courage to venture into what wouldn’t otherwise not dare to do. Dedication to our family, jobs and careers. May our relationships grow in the Lord’s blessing.
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who walk in obedience to him.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV).
Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. For pastoral assistance you can email him or check how you can reach him here