Days of prosperity often cause us to be joyful. Prosperity is not always dealing with gold, silver, precious jewels, fine homes, and fine cars. Prosperity can just as well mean, a place to live, protected from the elements; food on the table, clothes on your back, and a wonderful family who loves you; and realizing every day that God in heaven loves, and keeps you. That is the best of prosperity.
Adversity – troubles, sorrows, pains, family troubles, health troubles, financial hardships, all of these come to us all at some point in life. I want us to see what the wisest of men; and one the most prosperous (in material wealth) had to say about both prosperity and adversity…
“Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which He hath made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.” Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 (KJV)
We ought always see, to look at; to inspect the work of God. In order to do so, one must see the work of God. Do you see the work of God? First, consider yourself as a work of God. Look in the mirror. That image you see is in the image of God. Your body is made up of a very intricate system that works keeping these tents, moving, seeing, working, breathing, heart beating, legs moving, arms and hands busy. Consider. No one can make straight what God has made crooked. We must consider that what has been made crooked can be straightened by God Himself.
In these verses, we can see that both prosperity and adversity have a place in God’s plan for humanity. Both are a work of God. They are opposite of one another, and so that we might not be able to know what lies ahead in our lives. We plan, we can save money, but no one knows what is coming tomorrow. Not even the wealthiest of us. The wealthiest man or woman in the world could pass into eternity before the sun sets this evening. Their wealth cannot prevent it. The same is true with the poorest of men and women.
“Consider the work of God….”
Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent. John 6:29
The One whom God sent is Jesus Christ His Son, God the Son, and He died on the cross, was buried, and rose again for you and me that we might have fellowship with God, the Creator of all things.