Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #1 Prosperity

Trust, Faith and Prayer

Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness

Prosperity and Waiting unto Jehovah God

Prosperity of others

The way that the faithful Psalmist was almost drawn away by reflecting on the prosperity of others and should warn us against lusting after those things which our neighbours have. The Holy Scriptures show us on many occasions how it went with people, who at first to be very prosperous, but by leaving God at the site, their life was not filled with the most important thing. It also had more severe consequences. Not only from the Scriptures we do know that the wicked have always prospered, in a material sense, and always will in this dispensation. In Psalm 73 the writer Asaph (assembler of people), one of David’s choirmasters, has made an analysis of the wicked, and has made a declaration to remain faithful to God in spite of their apparent prosperity and success. The theme is that ancient stumbling block of good men, which Job’s friends could not get over; viz. — the present prosperity of wicked men and the sorrows of the godly. Heathen philosophers have puzzled themselves about this, while to believers it has too often been a temptation.

English: Example of appendix from New World Tr...
Example of appendix from New World Translation of The Holy Scriptures, study edition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Old Testament we can find that “Evildoers shall be cut off”; “but those who wait upon the Almighty God, they shall inherit the earth.

9 For evil-doers are cut off; But those who wait on יהוה {Jehovah}, They shall inherit the earth{1}. {Footnote: 1See vv. 11, 22, 29 & 34, Mt. 5:5.} 10 Yet a little while and the wrong is no more; And you shall look on his place, But it is not. 11 But the meek ones shall inherit the earth, And delight themselves in plenty of peace. (Psalms 37:9-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

Daily examination

When we daily examine the Holy Scriptures it is like reading daily in the letters of our most beloved. Reading those most precious letters we shall find that God shows us the way of those general folks, the wicked, and of those who try to make themselves better by listening to the instructions of the Grand Instructor. We, who love God, should find in His Words enough reasons to believe that everything He says shall come true. Therefore we shall not have to worry about those who have it better than us. We should diligently consider their and our place. There shall come a time that we shall search the place of the wicked but will not be able to find them anymore. But we who are branded as the meek shall have the prosperous blessing of the Creator and shall be allowed to inherit the earth; being blessed with lovely things as described in several prophetic writings, promising us the delight and the abundance of peace. As such we may look forward to a different time and are not impressed by the pomposity of the present. We do not clamour to be rich (1 Timothy 6:9). What do we care if the world prospers in its vanity and violence (Proverbs 3:21). They have their reward (Matthew 6:5), and we await ours (Revelation 22:10). We will be happy with what the Lord gives us to make it through each day (Matthew 6:34; 1 Timothy 6:8) until we reach our rest.

“8 but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” (1 Timothy 6:8-9 RSV)

“My son, keep sound wisdom and discretion; let them not escape from your sight,” (Proverbs 3:21 RSV)

English: Cover of "Key to the Holy Script...
Cover of “Key to the Holy Scriptures” of Matija Vlacic Ilirik, 2nd edition. – “Ključ svetog pisma” Matije Vlačića Ilirika, drugo izdanje iz 1674. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“”And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” (Matthew 6:5 RSV)

“”Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.” (Matthew 6:34 RSV)

“And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.” (Revelation 22:10 RSV)

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Vertrouwen, Geloof, Roepen en Toeschrijving aan Jehovah #4 Vergankelijkheid #1 Welvaart

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Please do also find:

  1. True riches
  2. God His Reward
  3. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
  4. Faithful to the leastening ear
  5. The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places
  6. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement
  7. Give your worries to God
  8. Finish each day and be done with it
  9. A problem not worth praying about isn’t worth worrying about
  10. Don’t wait to catch a healthy attitude

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    How much of ourselves do we give away to the wrong people, the wrong thoughts, the wrong way? When we wake up in the morning are we smiling or are we immediately anticipating the worst? So much of my mind gets buried alive by worry and wondering that often I neither have the strength to tend to the things that make me happy, nor the things that make God happy.
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    How many of us can honestly say the time we spend praying and trusting in God to remedy our situations, outweighs the time we spend worrying about what we are going to do in the midst of them? How many of us actually PRAY.
  2. How to Pray When I’m Worried?
    Praying when we have things on our mind is the best way to know God’s peace and see real change in our circumstances. Yet, when we feel anxious and worried there can be so many things running through our heads it can be really difficult to even know where to start. How to pray when we’re worried and find rest?
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    As a teacher my work is rarely seen by anyone, in fact not even the students that I help and spend hours stressing over get a sense of what I do. At weddings it always the parent who takes the credit for enrolling the children in a good school, and the child’s achievements are always accredited to their hard work, but thats ok I knew that going into this career, the fact is that I’m using my talents as God intended them to be used.
  4. Temptation, Treason, and Good News
    it seems we will have a lifelong battle with temptation.  Sometimes the battle will be frontal assaults such as the not-so-subtle ways Satan tempts Jesus in the desert. The stories of the saints are filled with such descriptions. And maybe that is the way it is for the big fish of spiritual warfare – or maybe Satan has learned a thing or two in the millennium since and as opted for more understated and deft means of persuasion. It seems to me in the battle against temptation, there are no front lines; “this fight ain’t got any rear.” It is a war of attrition with lots of misdirection and psychological warfare.
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    Temptation’s lure brings us to a moment in time – not just the moment when we sin or turn away from sin – the moment when treason is in the wind.

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