On Prosperity

Sometimes it’s hard to grasp why an individual who has a heart for God’s work dies at a tender age while the wicked seem to live on and on. Job had such a dialogue with his friends in trying to grasp why the evil ones continue to prosper in this life all the while ignoring God and His Word (Job 21:17). Because there is no fear of death and judgment to come, they spend their days in their sins, mindful only on the temporal pleasures of this world.

Jesus addressed this very thing in the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21). It was a direct warning about worldliness and losing focus on what really matters.

In the midst of his abundance, the man lost his soul before he was aware, supposing that death had been many years off. But God said unto him, 'Thou fool,' you focus about things of this life, while putting off the thoughts of departing this world, not realizing that this very night your soul shall be taken. I have written about it before of how quickly we all could pass from this life to the next without warning (Hebrews 9:27). For the rich fool, he was woefully unprepared and faced a dismal eternity.

Some people are so deluded by the devil as to think that God is so merciful that he will allow an individual to escape judgment due to good intentions. “I planned on getting right with you, Lord”, they may say, but unfortunately they put off this so very important task until it was simply too late.

Nowhere in Scripture do we find good intentions as a substitute for living a life in God’s will.

While many who appear to live a prosperous life far from God may seem enticing, that is exactly what the prince of the world wants you to see. Be aware of this trap and do not allow yourself to be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2). While they may have their brief moment of temporal pleasure and abundance, their soul will eventually be required of them just as yours and mine will.

The Rich Fool only thought of this world. He basked in his own wisdom and how he had laid up wealth for a long and enjoyable retirement without giving thought to another person around him. He had so much grain, yet nowhere do we see him even contemplating sharing with the less fortunate. His concern was only on properly securing his wealth for the years that lie ahead. This world, in his mind, was all that mattered.

Decide that today becomes the day you seek the Lord in all earnestness, for tomorrow is fleeting. Do not allow Satan to deceive you a moment longer by telling you, “you have many tomorrows to turn to God. Eat, drink, and be merry for now.”

If your soul is required of you this very moment, are you certain where you will spend eternity?