Arnold Reimer - When GOD Prospers

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The story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis makes an interesting point. Having been sold as a slave to a pagan military leader, it says of him,

“And the Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. . . Now his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. . . . Thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he (the Egyptian) owned, in the house and in the field.” (39:2-5).

The prosperity God gives sometimes comes in strange circumstances which might very well by-pass our personal circumstance. Joseph remained a slave but his master prospered! The blessing brought glory to God and an awareness of His presence but did little to change Joseph’s lot.

The servant of God recognizes God’s goodness and accepts as sufficient the benefits others receive – to God’s glory.

This might be one explanation for the multi-tithing recorded in the Scriptures. God’s prosperity is not intended for personal use alone – but for His glory and for the good of others. Godly people who enjoy His blessing look for ways of using it to bless others. Personal benefits are always secondary which is why the Apostle Paul could write,

“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” (Phil. 4:11)

Arnold Reimer, 2011.



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