The Dangering of Prospering
Posted: Thursday, December 8
Verse of the day:
“How prosperous Israel is— a luxuriant vine loaded with fruit. But the richer the people get the more pagan altars they build. The more bountiful their harvests, the more beautiful their sacred pillars.” (Hosea 10:1)
It would be nice to be rich one day. It would be nice to not even have to think about money or how to pay for things. It would be nice to be prosperous. I’m sure you have had those thoughts too.
Reading through the Bible though there is a warning that comes with having wealth. Mark 10:23-25 says, “Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” 24 This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”
Now, I know some amazing Christians who happen to have wealth. Jesus doesn’t say it is impossible for them to be His followers; He says it is very hard. Why is it so hard? The temptation is that when we are prospering, and when we don’t have cares or concerns we begin to feel independent from God. We begin to be tempted with pride and a sense of self- accomplishment. This is what is happening in the book of Hosea. The more the Israelites prospered the farther they walked away from God.
We face the same temptations when we having everything going well in our lives. When we are free from trouble we often are tempted to stray. But don’t do it! How insulting to walk away from God in the good times who helped you through the hard times! Whether things are prospering and going well in your life or if you are in a hard season, you need God!