Recently I read this on Facebook. “God is up to something big just for you. He is preparing to bless you. No matter what, stay focused and stay the course. You’re going to be blessed because of your persistence and faith.”
Another from a wealthy pastor. “Understand that if God planted you somewhere, he’s established you in the proper soil to facilitate prosperity,” T.D. Jakes.
Others have used verses of scripture out of context or left words out of a verse. Why? You’d have to ask them. Let me give you an example. The Newsboys have a song that says, “You make all things work together for my good.” Sounds great but they are playing off of Romans 8:28 that actually says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” You decide if those say the same thing?
Another is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” In this passage God was talking to Jeremiah at a specific time and place.
Rather, Jesus said this, “I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of this world, even as I am not of it.” John 17:14-16
Later in the same chapter Jesus prayed, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24
God is eternal. This world is not. The things we have here will rust and deteriorate. Understanding God is something that we are not capable of. His power and wisdom, we cannot fathom.
There will be people that are going through things that will not make it. Believers that live in unbelievable poverty. Followers of Jesus that will be killed simply for believing. Disasters that are impossible to understand.
Taking scripture out of context and making promises such as prosperity in this world that may or may not happen cheapens the gospel. Faith in God is so much bigger!
It comforts a mother who has lost a child or a wife who has lost a husband. Faith gives hope for eternity in illness because this isn’t our home. Knowing that Jesus prayed, “I want those you have given me to be with me where I am.”
Have faith that gives hope in love. The ultimate love that gives us eternal life with Him.