When asked why are you not prosperous and successful, what will your answer be? I guess for most people, their answers are the following:
Lack of education.
Poor family support
Not smart enough
It is the will of God for me to be poor.
In a nutshell, what most people will use external factors or factors they cannot control to justify their lack of progress in life. As a result, what they believed in came true. They become limited by their surroundings. If they are religious, they will use God as their excuse. In their mind, their God hates successful and rich christians. To them, their God is glorified when they live in poverty, sickness and failure. However the verse below says otherwise.
18 The days of the blameless are known to the LORD, and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither; in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
It is the will of God for his people to enjoy success and prosperity. Not only that, the prosperity of God is robust. It can withstand storms. It is not dependent on the circumstances around us. Even in famine we can enjoy plenty.
One example I can think of is Joseph. In his early age, Joseph’s life was transformed from being daddy’s boy to a slave in Egypt. He was captured and sold by his own brothers. How worse can things get? The situation seems to say it is over. Joseph’s life seems to be over but the blessing of God can turn situation around.
2And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
3And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
4And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
5And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
6And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
Even as a slave, God can make Joseph prosper in his role. Everything Joseph did prosper. Prosperity was with him. The blessings of God was so clear in his life that even his master noticed it and decided to put Joseph in charge of the entire household.
You may be feeling like there is no way out in your situation. You have tried everything and searched every corner but there is just no way out for you. You may even find that anything that can go wrong, gone wrong. You are not alone. Joseph went through that. Could this be the reason why God put Joseph’s story in the Bible? He wants us not to give up and trust in him to bring us through.
If God can turn Joseph’s situation around, he can do the same for us.
So stop looking at your circumstances and allow them to occupy your mind. I am not saying the problem does not exist. It does but you don’t have to focus on it. Focusing on your problem to only make it looks big in your mind. Focus on God instead. He has the answer and wants to deliver you. All he needs you to do is to allow him to do so. Stop worrying and wallowing in self pity. Stand up, brush away the dust and start praising God. Thank him in advance and he will bring your situation around.
The story of Joseph does not end here.
He was framed by his master’s wife and thrown into prison, all because he refused to betray God and his master. He was imprisoned despite being upright. What happened then? He did not give up. This is what happened in the prison.
23The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.
Genesis 39:23 (KJV)
He was given charge of the prison. It seems to me that even prison cannot stop the flow of God’s blessings into Joseph’s life. When he was released from prison, Joseph was appointed to be the Number 2 position in the kingdom enjoying the life of peace and prosperity. All because he chose to rely on God instead of indulging in self-pity whenever things went wrong.
If you are in some sort of troubles today, you have a choice to make. Are you going to give up? Are you going to allow negative thoughts to overwhelm you? Are you going to indulge in self-pity? If you do that, I can tell you for sure, nothing will change.
Or you can choose to stand up and fight. Cast out all the negative thoughts and focus on the faithfulness of God. Start believing that he can and he will bring you out. No matter how bad the circumstances appear to be, God is more than capable to deliver you. All you need to do is to start believing.