“Daughter, by you working hard and excelling in the talents I’ve given you, that is how I will provide for you and cause you to prosper — and not just for you, but your church, your relationships, your city, my people, my kingdom. Pray hard to this end. Even if you don’t ‘get it’ right now, or out of fear wait, I will still provide. I am rich, I am love, I am your Father. Yet I want to use you and perhaps in order to spur you to do this I need to shake up your life so that you don’t feel secure anymore. Because if you felt secure, you would never do anything. Comfort is a dream killer. When I want you to move, to do something, to prosper, I will make you very uncomfortable. And the end purpose of all this is my glory in your joy. If there’s no joy, it’s probably not for my glory.” – God
This also is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
God put this on my mind just recently. I’ve been struggling at work because I absolutely disagree with their fundamental guiding principle of making as much money as possible regardless of consequences or methods. I’ve seen and heard many shady things, and it’s the excepted status quo. You just do what you have to do to get more cash. But isn’t that basically prostitution? And didn’t God angrily grieve over Israel essentially doing the same thing? In fact He called Israel a harlot on quite a few occasions. Just read Hosea, for instance.
So, consequently, my reaction has been silent resistance. Grin and bear it, in all honesty. Grit my teeth and keep moving, looking for an opening to say something about what really matters in life at the right time. But what I missed in that is a higher calling, even right where I stand.
God wants me to prosper the place where I am. And that means seeking the greater good of the company I work for, even if I can’t stand their worldview. And that integrity in my job performance will draw at least some toward Truth. So I may be exiled and living in Babylon, but God help me, let it not be said that it was a place of hopeless despair due to my apathy or misguided moralism. Love is not a sledgehammer to your friend’s head because there was a mosquito on it. (I don’t know where that came from. It’s late and it sounded fairly apt.)