…and so he prospered (2 Chronicles 31:20-21).
When I look up “prosper” in the dictionary, the first entry says, “to be successful or fortunate, especially in financial respects.” This isn’t even close to the Old Testament Hebrew word for prosper!
God makes prosper a dependence on Him. Mammon makes prosper a dependence on self.
The Hebrew word tsalach means:
- to overcome obstacles (like crossing a river)
- to be empowered by the Spirit of God to overcome an enemy (like Samson did)
- to flourish like a plant growing to full harvest
- to have favor with man so that good can be done for others (Nehemiah 1:11)
- to finish well (2 Chronicles 7:11)
- to be poured out; to be a conduit of God’s blessings to others
Prosperity God’s way is being blessed to be a blessing to others.
Prosperity is never for me, only from God through me.
Prosperity from God helps me overcome obstacles for others, defeat enemies for others, bring in a good harvest for others, have earthly favor that will benefit others, finish well for the sake of others.
I’ll say it again: True prosperity ISN’T for me, it’s only from God through me!
Hezekiah showed how God’s prosperity came through him to benefit others:
- he did “what was good and right and faithful before the Lord”
- he lived “in obedience to the law and the commands”
- “he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly”
In light of this definition, I have no problem praying, “God, make me prosperous. As I seek You and work wholeheartedly, flow through me to bless others!”