2 Chronicles 31:21
“And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.”
One of the highest compliments that God gave about the reign of Hezekiah was that he “prospered” in “every work that he began.” God did not say that he prospered in some of the works that he began, but in every work he prospered. That is quite the statement because very few people could say that they prospered in every work they started.
To prosper means to succeed or flourish in your endeavors; it means that you make what you are doing successful. To prosper means that you are hitting the goals set. Often we look at the word prosper and think of finances, and certainly it can apply to finances, but the believer should prosper in everything that they do. Let me point out several observations from this verse about prospering that will help you to prosper in what you do.
First, there is nothing wrong with prospering. If there was something wrong with prospering, God would not have pointed this out in Hezekiah’s life in a positive manner. Never feel guilty about prospering if you did it by doing right. Only those who live a life of mediocrity will criticize prospering.
Second, prospering takes work. Don’t expect to prosper if you are not willing to work. Hezekiah prospered because he worked. You must not expect people to hand you prosperity. Nobody has ever prospered who had everything handed to them. If you want to prosper in all that you do, you are going to have to work hard to see it happen.
Third, prospering is a forward mindset. You can’t be satisfied with where you are and prosper at the same time. You must have the mindset that you must get closer to what you are working for every day if you are going to prosper. All it takes to stop the momentum towards prospering at what you are doing is to stop for one day. You must determine to be one step closer to what you are trying to achieve if you want to prosper in your endeavors and projects.
Fourth, prospering must be done right. Hezekiah prospered AS he kept the law and the commandments. You may temporarily prosper by doing wrong, but it will soon come to an end. Long-term prospering is only done by doing right. Never think that you can cut corners in life and prosper. You must do things the right way, even if the right way is hard, if you want long-term progress.
Fifth, prospering takes God’s help. Hezekiah didn’t prosper alone, but he did it with God’s help. There will come a point when you hit the wall in what you are doing, and the only way through that wall will be with God’s help. It is better to get God’s help before you hit the wall so that you can continue prospering once you approach that wall.
Sixth, prospering takes a wholehearted effort. You will never prosper if you only give a half-hearted effort. You are sure to endure a life of mediocrity if you don’t put your heart into what you are doing. It will take all of your energy and effort if you want to enjoy prospering.
Seventh, prospering takes patience with the process. Stick with what you know is right and be patient with the process. If the process has worked in the past, it will continue to work today. Don’t quit before the process has had a chance to bring you to prospering.