The Key to Prosperity
And in every work that he began in the service of
the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it
with all his heart. So he prospered. (2 Chronicles 31:21)
There is a way to ensure that you prosper in what
you do: serve the Lord with all your heart! Hezekiah, king of Judah, lived in a
dangerous and tumultuous time. He faced powerful enemies. Idolatry was the
popular religion of the day. His parents had rejected God and encouraged people
to worship other gods (2 Chron. 28). Hezekiah had the opportunity to reject God
as well, yet he chose to serve God with all of his heart. He did everything in
his power to promote worship of the true God. He diligently followed God’s
commandments. As a result of Hezekiah’s determination to serve God, God blessed
him. Hezekiah thrived in an unsettled time because he resolved to follow God
despite popular opinion.
God will honor the heart that commits to follow Him
(2 Chron. 26:5). In times when worshiping God is not in vogue and when the
forces of the day oppose Him, it takes courage and resolve to seek after God.
God is pleased to prosper those who strive to please Him rather than to seek
the approval of people (1 Sam. 2:30). Hezekiah stands in stark contrast to
Rehoboam, an earlier king of Judah. It is said of Rehoboam that “he did evil,
because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord” (2 Chron. 12:14). When
you do not set your heart to seek the Lord, calamity is the inevitable result.
The surest way to prosper in your endeavors is to diligently pursue the will of