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Be Careful with Prosperity!

Have you ever noticed that a lot of books have been written on the topic of suffering? It makes sense. Even as Christians, we have a need for resources that help us cope with hardship and sorrow.

But what about prosperity? I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book that helps us deal with prosperity, at all. And yet, the Bible makes it clear that prosperity can be as much of a tripping stone to our faith as adversity. Adversity can cause us to question God’s love and goodness, but prosperity might cause us to forget God altogether. And God knows this, which is why he graciously warns his people about the danger of prosperity. “When you have eaten and are satisfied… Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 8:10-11, emphasis mine).

The invitation is simple: be careful. Yes, we can do a lot of good with God’s provision in our lives—helping others, donating to non-profits, giving to your church’s benevolence fund, etcetera. But prosperity can be very dangerous if it leads you to forget God.

Be encouraged this week to remember God as your great Provider. Acknowledge his provision. Thank him and praise him, and prayerfully consider how you might grow as a good steward of all that he’s given (and entrusted) to you.

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