SEEKING GOD & DOING RIGHT will bring ‘TRUE’ PROSPERITY: "Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 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 Chron. 31:20-21)
When the Chronicler is closing the 31st chapter, he summarizes in two lines what King Hezekiah did that earned him true prosperity from God. In fact, these two verses of scripture give a glowing commendation of King Hezekiah. Whatever Hezekiah did for God, he did with all his heart. What did Hezekiah do? He did “what was good and right and true before the Lord his God” (v. 20). He was zealously committed to the Law of God and to the commandments listed in God’s Law. It is therefore not surprising that Hezekiah prospered before God and the people!
It is important to note that Hezekiah led the people of Judah not out of a sense of kingly responsibility but as a heartfelt act of worship, service and obedience toward God. In fact, Hezekiah displayed all the good qualities of a godly king in restoring and upholding the Law of God that became his preamble of rule and constitution. His zeal in establishing true worship in the temple of God was evident and that became the hallmark of his leadership. He led the people in destroying the obscene images and pagan altars, after which they celebrated Passover, and the week following the Passover, cleaned up the temple (see Exod. 12:15–20). He then made certain the priests obeyed God’s law and ministered at the temple. The spiritual awakening that resulted invoked generosity in the people whose hearts were touched by God.
God rewarded Hezekiah for his faithfulness and obedience by delivering him from foreign invasion (32:1), healing his life-threatening sickness (32:24), forgiving his pride (32:26), and giving him immense wealth (32:27–31). When Hezekiah sought God with all his heart and did what was right before God, he enjoyed ‘true’ prosperity. There are four things to consider regarding ‘true’ prosperity:
- God is the One who makes us ‘truly’ prosperous (see Gen. 24:56). "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning" (James 1:17).
- God takes pleasure in our prosperity. "Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, 'Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant'" (Psalms 35:27)
- We should pray for ‘true’ prosperity. See prayer of Jabez in 1 Chr. 4:9-10 that he prayed for prosperity from God. Let us also join with the Psalmist and pray: "Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity" (Psalms 118:25).
- We can only be ‘truly’ prosperous by seeking God through His Word. This is in line with God’s promise to Joshua: "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success" (Josh. 1:8).