Monday, January 24, 2005

Seeking God—and Finding Prosperity

He did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper. (2 Chronicles 26:4-5)
This was God’s assessment for much of King Uzziah’s 50 year reign:

  • He did what was right in the sight of the LORD. This was something he learned from his father, an important spiritual inheritance that was communicated to him.
  • He sought God. This speaks of intense desire and diligent pursuit. It was not an occasional musing in which he engaged himself, but a consistent lifestyle of following after the LORD and His ways. It was a deliberate action, a setting of his heart toward God.
  • As long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper. The word for “prosper” means to push forward, to break out, to come mightily, to go over and be profitable.
True prosperity is built on a foundation of diligently seeking God and following His ways.

Verse 15 goes on to say that Uzziah’s fame spread far and wide “for he was marvelously helped till he became strong.” The word “marvelously” is a word of distinction. This was exceptional and extraordinary, the favor of God surrounding him without limit, stabilizing his position and making his prosperity secure.

God was the source of Uzziah’s prosperity, and it lasted as long as Uzziah sought the LORD. Sadly, pride entered in and Uzziah began to seek himself instead, and on that day all his prosperity was lost.

God is all about prosperity. In fact, it is impossible for Him not to prosper. If you will seek after the LORD with all your heart, you will find yourself in the presence of you prosperity. As Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” God will show you His extraordinary favor, and so shall you prosper.

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