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Vol.  10  No. 7 July 2008  Page 2
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Rodney Nulph


As God Hath Prospered Him

By Rodney Nulph

    Often a “casual” reading of the Bible causes us to somewhat pass over inspired, important, thought-provoking phrases. During a recent “casual” reading of the Bible, this author came across a familiar phrase that is truly thought provoking. The Holy Spirit, using the pen of the great apostle Paul wrote, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come” (1 Corinthians 16:2, emp. added). Obviously, in the context of this verse, Paul commands regular and adequate giving on the part of the Christian. The privilege of weekly giving is truly an important part of worship that must not be taken lightly or done grudgingly (cf. 2 Corinthians 9:7; Acts 20:35). However, the phrase, “…as God hath prospered him…” causes this author to reflect upon the goodness of God and His willingness to give good gifts to His children (cf. James 1:17; Luke 11:13). Meditate upon just a few of the areas wherein God prospers you.

    First, God has prospered you physically. Take, for instance, the very fact that you are able to read such an article as this and comprehend it. Would that blessing alone not prove the case that you have been blessed with a competent mind? Consider also the fact that your eyes are at least well enough to focus upon the words contained herein. Would that not confirm God’s prospering of you physically with a good (or at least decent) pair of eyes? How often do we fail to really appreciate the good in our physical bodies because we merely focus upon the bad? Thank God for your physical prosperity!

    Secondly, God has prospered you spiritually. To those who are Christians, Jesus promised to give a full and abundant life (John 10:9-10). Surely this abundant life, among other things, involves a life of peace (cf. Philippians 4:7-9) and a life of purpose (cf. 1 Corinthians 9:25). Paul, by inspiration, reminded the church in Ephesus, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3, emp. added). Thank God for your spiritual prosperity!

   Thirdly, God hath prospered you eternally. To the faithful obedient, God promises, “…that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14). Truly, all blessings will culminate in the greatest blessing known to mankind, which is none other than spending eternity in heaven! This blessing was and is God’s eternal plan for His creation (cf. Ephesians 3:11). God sent Christ into the world to save the world from sure destruction (John 3:16-17). Thank God for your eternal prosperity!

  What an awesome contemplation is ours to consider the prosperity wherewith God hath prospered us. The Psalmist said best, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation” (Psalm 68:19, emp. added). Christians, daily count your blessings wherewith God hath prospered you! “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!”

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