20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
Proverbs 16:20 (NIV)
The above verse is about giving heed to instructions and trusting in the Lord. I hope no one reading this will dispute the fact that the “instruction” above is the instruction from God. So, the above verse clearly states that obeying God will always result in prosperity in our lives.
This also means that if you think God does not want you to prosper, then he will not want you to obey him. The idea of obeying God leads to poverty is not from the Bible, it is an invention of religion. In other words, “The Vow Of Prosperity” comes from God but “The Vow Of Poverty” is an invention of religion.
Why does obeying God lead to prosperity? Obviously it is his will for us to live in prosperity.
2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.3 John 1:2(KJV)
In fact, prosperity is not just one of his will for us. It is his greatest wish for us as stated in the above verse.
However, there is a catch. He will not enforce prosperity on us, just as he will not enforce salvation on us. He wants us to have a say. He wants us to accept his will willingly. This is where obedience comes in. When we obey God and give heed to his instructions, we are in fact telling him that we are willing to receive his will for our prosperity. It is saying, “Yes Lord, I am willing to receive your prosperity into my life. I am willing to live in abundance of health, peace, success, lots of money and all other good things as you intended me to receive.”
“Will God make me poor if I refuse to obey him?”
No, he won’t. Just imagine. In keeping with his promise and his desire, God has prepared a time and a place for you to go to receive your prosperity. He will then instruct you to go there at the given time. If you obey, you will receive what you have believed for.
However, if you refuse to go there, you have just forfeited an opportunity for prosperity. So, in this scenario, God does not make you poor for disobeying him. It is your disobedience that makes you poor. God did not punish you, your disobedience did. Therefore, if you are really serious about receiving prosperity from God, you must be prepared to obey him.
The second part of Proverbs 16:20 says, “blessed is he who trusts in the LORD”. Why must there be trust in the Lord for our blessing? The answer is, the instruction from God may not look good in the natural perspective. For example, God may want you to leave your current job that comes with a stable income and join a ministry, which pays you a much lesser salary. This does not look like prosperity, does it? After all, how can getting lesser salary be qualified as prosperity?
However, if you really trust God and fully believed that his desire is to prosper you beyond your wildest dream, then you will not hesitate to obey him. The new salary you are going to receive may be lesser than what you are getting now but you believe that God is capable of prospering you beyond your salary. You don’t know how he is going to do it but deep in your heart, you know he is working behind scenes to unleash tidal waves of prosperity to you. Your role is to trust and obey him. Isn’t this the life you wish to live?
“How do I develop this trust?”
Meditate on the Word. Confess it. Let the words of God occupy your mind.
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.