The Bible is full of promises for prosperity, success, abundant life, happiest life, not only in material sense but also in a spiritual sense. It simply promises blessings to all of us.
There was an examination of a public opinion all around the Globe, implemented by CNN in regard to the connection between happiness and material welfare.
Surprisingly, the results were opposite of everyone’s expectation.
The happiest nation is Nigeria’s people, Costa Rica was among the first, and on the 20-th place and onward were the USA and Great Britain, and most of the European countries.
The conclusion is that happiness has a little connection with material welfare or simply said with money.
Another data gives us striking indicator of people’s psychiatric situation in Europe. Even 1/3 of the population in Europe is diagnosed with some psychiatric disorder or disease. These do not correspond with the material welfare of Europeans, for sure.
There is a song a famous singer from the former Yugoslavia that says: “Happiness is not - a bag full of money, it is known to those who have it…” That is a Biblical truth, too.
On the other hand, it is also true that having financial freedom is a condition very much desirable for all of us. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Wrong is to put money on the first place before God. “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drawn men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…” and this is the case when money is being put before God. 1Timothy 6:9-10
The fruitful message is that we should put God on the first place in our lives in order to avoid influence by the Satan that could bring us in the abovementioned direction. And putting God first will add all what you need to live a comfortable life full of all blessings which God has prepared for you according to your heart’s condition.
In order not to raise misunderstanding about God’s attitude towards money, material welfare and also spiritual welfare, the Bible clearly defines this:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.” Mathew 5:3-10
This shows us the most precise definition of blessings and to whom they are promised.
It is a simple job to be performed by everyone. The only condition is faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Believing in him with all our heart, soul and mind, practicing it in every day activities through our behavior, and by reshuffling our thoughts, words and deeds in God’s direction we become eligible for receiving blessings from God.
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work……You will be made rich in every way…” 2 Corinthians 9:8,10
But not only material satisfaction, reaches, wealth, those are promised to God’s children, but also in spiritual sense, condition characterized with peace of mind and happier life at all.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” 2 Corinthians 13:14