the eyes of all look to you
and you give them their food in due season.
you open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Psalm 145:15-16

It seems like a rank and hypocritical audacity to me for people in good health who are eating well everyday in electrified houses with clean running water to discourage someone else from believing for God to meet the needs His word says He knows we have. It would be one thing if people who cry heresy at “prosperity preachers” actually lived what they say they believe, but so so many don’t. They live in decent neighborhoods and drive nice cars with upgraded features and eat organic whole foods and drink expensive sustainable fair-trade coffee. They write books on theology and sell them for high profit margins next to merch in their sizeable church lobbies. They make life decisions – like which body of believers to work for – based on factors like salary and health care, and then they retire after however many years like the rest of America . . . safely in nice places with three kids and five grandchildren, giving themselves the glory for being shrewd business men or hard-working women who have “stewarded their resources well”. Conspicuous for its absence is an answer to the question of the conveniently mysterious will of God that allowed health and wealth and marriage and children for their family, but not for others.

I have also seen guilt over the goodness of God get in the way of gratitude and prevent people who are experiencing His good gifts from enjoying them and genuinely giving Him glory for them. I’ve seen people struggle with anguish and frustration over wanting to provide better situations for their families, but feel like it’s wrong for them to want to. No one should ever judge or condemn someone else for “not having enough faith” to experience better circumstances, but nor should anyone judge or condemn someone else for having faith in God to provide for the needs He knows we have, and glorifying Him for good outcomes.

these all look to you, to give them their food in due season. when you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

Psalm 104:27-28

It seems to me that the issue of prosperity {as a part of the gospel} is largely one of glory, rather than heresy. Sure, there are charlatans selling sweaty towels for personal gain, twisting scripture to their own eventual destruction. And there are sometimes well-meaning people making generalized promises without equipping and encouraging people to *seek first the kingdom* and become sensitive enough to the Holy Spirit to recognize false teachers. But that there are wolves should not keep sheep from following the Good Shepherd who leads them beside still waters and restores their souls. It is God who gives power to get wealth, and Jesus Christ heals you. But it seems that many believers are far more comfortable giving glory to essential oils and marketing strategies and benefits packages and vaccines than they are to Jehovah who heals and provides and still Acts through His people by the power of His Holy Spirit . . . whose plan of redemption super-naturally redeems us from the curse of the law. His Spirit may lead us to essential oils and medicine and marketing strategies, but to God alone always be all the glory.

oh how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!

Psalm 31:19

God is a Father. If even earthly fathers delight in their children having functioning bodies and good food to eat and plenty of space for play and fellowship and learning and working, where do we think they got that character from? God delights when our lives reflect His original design. He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servants. Jesus came that we would have life and have it more abundantly. And by His stripes we are healed. That doesn’t mean that you will never have a moment, day, or season of symptoms, discomfort, or persecution. And sometimes you may even leave this planet not seeing what you had hoped for. Jesus said that in this world, you will have trouble. But Cheer Up! Take Heart! He has {already} overcome the world . . . everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.

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