Read 2 Chronicles 31
Focus on verses 20-21
Prosperity tends to be the goal of the human spirit. There are numerous ways in which individuals and social groups go about pursuing prosperity. There are also differing ways in which prosperity is defined which also affects the manner in which it is pursued. There are those who define prosperity primarily as material, there are others who might define it as mostly non-material. In the case of Hezekiah it seems to be both, however, his focus was not on the material prosperity, but on spiritual obedience, which was rewarded by material prosperity.
Albert B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance movement authored a hymn many years ago in which he writes “First it was the blessing, now it is the Lord.” One of the dangers that can derail us from the blueprint for prosperity is that we lose sight of the main thing. Hezekiah had the main thing right… “And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.” For Hezekiah the main thing was walking faithfully with God. The result was that God prospered him. When the pursuit of our own prosperity becomes the main thing, we put the cart before the horse. When we pursue walking with God faithfully with all our heart, prosperity may or may not result, but whether or not it does should be immaterial to us since our goal is not the material prosperity but relationship through obedience and faithfulness.
The blueprint for prosperity then is not, as many would have us believe, to fix our eyes on the goal of becoming materially prosperous and pursuing it with our whole heart, but rather on fixing our eyes on Jesus and pursuing Him with all our heart. We might just be surprised to discover that when we pursue what is good and right and faithful that we will never lack any good thing.