Real Prosperity

Ps. 1:3 ”Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

These words from Hudson Taylor give helpful admonition as we go into the new year. He was commenting on Ps. 1 and how God blesses the righteous. I believe if we take his words to heart, we will have a good year.

“Could any promise go beyond this? It is the privilege of a child of GOD to see the hand of GOD in all his circumstances and surroundings, and to serve GOD in all his avocations and duties; whether he eat or drink, work or rest, speak or be silent; in all his occupations, spiritual, domestic, or secular, he is alike the servant of GOD. Nothing lawful to him is too small to afford an opportunity of glorifying GOD; duties in themselves trivial or wearisome become exalted and glorified when the believer recognizes his power through them to gladden and satisfy the loving heart of his ever-observant MASTER. And he who in all things recognizes himself as the servant of GOD, may count on a sufficiency from GOD for all manner of need, and look with confident expectation to GOD to really prosper him in whatever he does.” But “prosperity will not always be apparent, except to the eye of faith. When Chorazin and Bethsaida rejected our LORD’S message it needed the eye of faith to rejoice in spirit and say, “Even so, FATHER, for so it seemed good in Thy sight.” Doubtless the legions of hell rejoiced when they saw the LORD of Glory nailed to the accursed tree, yet we know that never was our blessed LORD more prospered than when, as our High Priest, He offered Himself as our atoning sacrifice, and bore our sins in His own body on the tree. As then, so now, the path of real prosperity will often lie through deepest suffering; followers of CHRIST may well be content with the path which He trod.”

I want to have the attitude described by Taylor. It won’t be easy, but it is necessary to find real joy in the Christian life. What can we do to find that kind of life?

God bless you!

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