“For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers, when you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deut. 30: 9b,10. (ESV)
Let’s face it…it’s a struggle to meet our God-placed needs in a legitimate way. We are surrounded with all kinds of options to meet our need for love, worth and impact. These options are so readily available and easy to access that it takes effort to resist them.
At times, we can be tempted to think that God is simply a neutral observer as we struggle in our efforts to become more like Christ. We can begin to think that God isn’t engaged in our lives and doesn’t really care if we eventually achieve the abundant life.
But that is a lie.
Today’s verses from Deuteronomy come at the end of the book when the nation Israel is about to enter the Promised Land. They are about to experience the abundant life.
And God says that He is going to delight in prospering them.
Imagine that…God delights in prospering His people, which includes you and me. God not only wants us to find the abundant life…He delights in bringing it to us!
Just think about it. God…the all-powerful Creator of the vast universe…Knower of all things…the All-Present One…experiences delight!
For too long I thought that God was devoid of emotion. But not only is He the Creator of emotion, He also experiences it. He loves…He feels anger…and He delights.
So God not only wants us to prosper in this life, He takes delight in prospering us!
But lest we fall into the health and wealth gospel fallacy, we need to see that there are provisions. God has created the universe…and us…in such a way that we only experience the abundant life when we turn to Him with ALL of our heart and ALL of our soul.
He doesn’t prosper us simply because we ask Him to. He delights in prospering us when we fully turn to Him to meet our God-placed needs through Him.
Prayer: Lord, help me remember that turning to You with all my heart and soul brings You delight!