Wicked people never really prosper in those matters that truly count. Their gain is not in realms that endure nor is it in balm for their souls. Whatever they succeed in does not produce calmness and peace because monetary matters cannot produce genuine happiness. In the world of “might makes right,” very few ever achieve the status they dreamed of because the constant striving for supremacy in a “dog-eat-dog” society produces ulcers, headaches and loneliness. The desire for earthly wealth and pompous leadership often foments into despair and suicide on the restless shores of mundane pride. Loving the things of the world (1 John 2:15-17) can cause one to hate fellowmen who stand in the way of their misplaced dreams and vain aspirations.
Not all of the earth’s gold and silver can make a sinner whole. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” But, Christians really do prosper, in time and eternity. Let us count some of the ways:
(1) We have the best life NOW!
(2) Inward peace and joy belongs to us!
(3) We have help in the midst of trials.
(4) Christ is our perfect example.
(5) We can help lost men to be saved.
(6) The Bible challenges and confronts us
(7) We have brethren who encourage us.
(8) Christ’s church is a haven of rest for us.
(9) We possess a vibrant hope.
(10) Even in death our future is bright!
Infidels may wonder who they are, where they came from, and where they are going, but not so with the child of God. We even understand why we are here! Christians exist to give Jehovah the glory due His Holy Name (1 Chron. 16:29 – see this NKJV reference below).
Whether Christians are rich or poor, black or white, educated or not, we prosper with treasures beyond compare in this life and far beyond in heaven above!
“Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!