Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Job 22:21
Eliphaz stated that Job had closed hand to those who were poor. He felt that Job did not listen to God’s instructions which had brought about the destruction he was experiencing. Job is told to submit to all of God’s instructions. In doing this he would then experience prosperity and good things.
It is common for a lot of people to talk about a belief in God. Watch many shows on television where people are winning a great, hard-earned award, and many will say something about God. When things are going good, most people have no problem believing that God is helping and blessing them.
Over the years there have been many in the church who believe that when a person serves God, he will be blessed with great prosperity. This brings on a false sense of what being a believer in Jesus means.
Many have come to a belief in Jesus believing that everything will then go smoothly with no difficulties or problems in life. Then, later in life, when things get difficult and problems arise in their life, they fall away confused, because everything was supposed to go perfectly for them.
Submission to God will bring about peace, but it is peace with Him, not necessarily peace with this world. It will also bring prosperity to your life, but it is not prosperity as the world sees it. It does not mean that everything will automatically go the way you think it should go. It will not be without difficulties in your life.
Prosperity with God is that your soul will be built up and you will be made more like Jesus everyday. You will be rich in the things of God–love, joy, patience, kindness, and other areas.
Job had been submitting his life to God, yet he was going through some extremely difficult times. The troubles that he was going through was to prove him. It was showing the devil that Job would serve God regardless of what was happening in his life. His soul was being prosperous, even though physically he was being broken and poor.
Are you submitting your life to God?
What are you expecting in that submission? Physical or spiritual prosperity?
I pray today that you will submit your life to God’s ways; that you will trust God’s direction for your life; that you will know all the blessings God has blessed you with; and that you will praise God in your troubles.