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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Problem with Prosperity Gospel (Job 1-31)

There's a popular ideology known as the prosperity gospel which leads people to believe that "God just wants you to be happy, healthy, and prosperous." But the problem with that is, I can't find that teaching anywhere in Scripture.

But what I do find is a promise that when I search for God with all of my heart, I will find Him.

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

What I also find is that life isn't always as rosy as the prosperity gospel would lead me to believe.

For example, Job, a righteous, God-fearing man, lost everything that he had through no fault of his own. Chapter after chapter we see Job struggling to understand why he was no longer happy, healthy, and prosperous, especially considering his tremendous faith in God which he lived out daily in righteous obedience to the LORD.

But as time goes on it becomes clear that Job was not meant to know the reasons. In fact, he was to face life without the answers he craved. Because without those answers Job had to have faith in God's plan and in His sovereignty.

Likewise, I believe God wants us to experience life to a degree like Job did; one day at a time and without all the answers to all of life's questions we crave.

Job 1:21 The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Job 2:10 Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?

I think the real question we should ask is, will we like Job, trust God no matter what?

Or will we give into Satan's temptation that unless we get the answers and God makes us happy, healthy and prosperous, we won't give God our whole heart and serve Him in whatever areas He calls us to serve?

Lord, I've seen sunshine and I've seen rain, good times and pain. But through it all I have learned that when I lean into You with all my heart, I experience the incredible joy of Your presence even during the difficult times and during the pain. I experience Your presence strengthening me, directing me, and teaching me so much more during the difficult times. Lord, I am reminded as I study Job that You work all things together for Your good for those who love You and are all called according to Your purpose. Lord, both in good times and in pain, I will trust in You and rely on You. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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