Prosper In Times Of Rest

Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.
— 2 Chronicles 14:7

In times of rest and blessing, we tend to neglect God. We pray less because we feel like we have less need. Things are good. But, we must remember that we need God as much on our best days as we do on our worst. He is responsible for every breath we take. 

When war ceased, and the land was at peace, the people of Judah were instructed by King Asa to build. They recognized God's blessing of peace and rest and used the time wisely to expand and prosper. 

We have the opportunity to do the same. To cling to the Lord when we are in good times, not just in our struggle, and use the peaceful times to get to know Him better, to praise Him for His goodness, and to prosper. 

Previous to this, King Asa had prepared the way by removing alters to foreign gods and instructing the people to seek the True God. 

Let us not become lazy, but seek the Lord in all times and ask Him what we can learn from the different seasons of our lives and how we can best use the time. Because King Asa and the people of Judah kept their faith in God and prospered during their time of rest, they were ready when the next battle came and God delivered them. 

He can do the same for us when we stay close to Him. 


To Ponder:

Do I neglect the Lord when things become easier? How may I use my time more wisely in all the seasons of my life?


Prayer:

Father God, 

Good or bad, dry seasons or seasons of rain, I need You every day. Forgive me for the times when I neglect to seek you fervently. Teach me to use my time wisely and to learn to prosper in all seasons of my life. To learn what I need to learn and take the actions that I need to take that my life will glorify you. 

Thank You for Your goodness and guidnace in Jesus' name amen. 

Lori HilComment