Topic: Proverbs 3:1-4
The world claims there are many paths to a successful, rewarding life: education, wealth, public recognition, or even service to the less fortunate. But in the end, nothing will satisfy unless God is a factor.
When we choose to walk wisely, God will bless us abundantly. (John 10:10) Not only will we have intimacy with the Lord, protection, and clear guidance, but we will also receive divine power to walk circumspectly before Him. Wisdom - understanding God's perspective on our circumstances and responding accordingly - brings us the strength to stand firm in our faith and choose His way. It also helps us to calmly accept the hardships in our lives. Our sovereign God knows the extent of our difficulties. Out of His love for us, He sets a limit to them and uses even our darkest hours for His good purposes. Wise people are convinced this is true; they will enjoy the supernatural peace promised by Christ and will live in the favor of the Lord. (Proverbs 8:34 - 35)
Lastly, God's desire is to prosper His people. Spiritual wealth comes to those who increase their understanding of God and apply His ways to their lives. This is His first priority for us, but He is also aware of our material needs. As we make application of scriptural principles with regard to finances, possessions, and use of time, we will benefit materially as well.
God stands ready to pour out His choicest blessings - power, divine favor, spiritual prosperity, and supernatural peace - on those who draw near to Him and submit to His plan.
How has careful attention to God's Word caused you to prosper in the past?