27 Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever.
Psalm 37:27 (NLT)
Welcome to the 15th installment on my study of Psalm 37. The above verse is for those who has made mistakes before. This includes every one of us. The term “evil” is not restricted to things that are really serious like murder, rape or terrorism. It simply means the absence of good. The only standard of goodness comes from God. Didn’t Jesus say that if you look at a woman with lust in your mind, you are guilty of adultery? Likewise, if we allow ourselves to dwell in negative thoughts, be anxious, worried or depressed, we are guilty of calling God a liar. We are guilty of blasphemy. In God’s view, that is evil.
If you have went through the above, then God wants you to turn from evil. Repentance is basically turning away from evil. God will not condemn us for failing or making mistakes. He wants us to repent because he loves us too much to see us poor and sick. His greatest desire is for us to live in complete prosperity and the only way we achieve that is to do good.
This is why God wants us to do good. If evil begins with the mind, doing good must also begins from the mind. It must begin with a prosperous soul.
2Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.
3 John 1:2 (Amplified)
God’s idea of doing good begins with prospering our souls and he intends to do that through his Word. However, he will not force it on us. He will not push a Bible to our face and points a gun to our heads and say “Read or I will shoot!” He respects us and he wants us to work with him for the prosperity of our souls. Only then, will we be able to do good his way.
When we obey God’s way in our lives, our prosperous souls will result in prosperity in every area in our lives. Psalm 37:27 says that when we turn from evil and do good, we will live in the land forever. Land in ancient Israel symbolized material prosperity. If you have a lot of money, it will run out but if you have a large piece of good land, you will have an unlimited flow of financial income into your life.
This is God’s plan for our prosperity. He wants us to receive a continuous flow of prosperity into our lives. We will have so much wealth that we will no longer need to work to pay the bills. At that time, we can fully focus on doing the will of God that he has planted in our hearts. We are blessed to be blessings to the world.
This is the will of God for all of us. Will you accept?