IN THIS 3-PART series I am using 2 Chronicles 31:21 a foundational scripture for explaining the nature of Biblical Prosperity and how to experience Biblical Prosperity. The scripture was chosen because it identifies three core principles that contribute to prosperity.
Those principles are:
- Seeking God
- Obeying God
- Serving God
In Part 1, I explained the importance of seeking God first, and offered practical ways of seeking God in our daily life through prayer, meditation and fasting. In Part 2, I will discuss the principle of Obeying God.
First, let’s revisit the foundational scripture:
And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered (2 Chronicles 31:21, KJV).
The scripture is speaking of King Hezekiah who was the King of Judah. He ruled for 29 years and is considered one of ancient Israel’s greatest kings (2 Kings 18: 1-7).
King Hezekiah followed the Mosaic Law and its commandments. He obeyed God. And his obedience contributed to his success not only as a king but also as a man.
Prosperity is More Than Money
Prosperity encompasses every aspect of life. As I stated in Part 1, the Prosperity Gospel overemphasizes the pursuit of material possessions. Material things are only one aspect of prosperity. There are many people who have financial prosperity, but their personal relationships are in shambles.
For example, a man may succeed in business but he doesn’t spend quality time with his wife or children. As a result the wife feels neglected emotionally and the children rebel. That’s just one example of how we can prosper in one area of our life while experiencing lack in another area.
Now, back to the issue of obedience…
When the scripture references the law and the commandments it is speaking of the Mosaic Law (or Law of Moses). The Mosaic Law consists of 613 commandments. It is one Law comprised of 613 commandments.
The Law was given to ancient Israel from God through Moses, and it is God’s covenant with ancient Israel. According to the Law, ancient Israel would be blessed for following the Law and cursed if it violated the Law (i.e., broke any of the commandments). For ancient Israel, obedience to God meant following the commandments of the Mosaic Law.
Now, what about Christians?
- Since Christians are not under the Mosaic Law, how does a Christian obey God?
- What law and/or commandments must Christians follow in order to prosper?
These are important questions, and I will answer them next week in Part 2 (b).