Jeremiah 7:23
This rather is what I commanded them: Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.

The message is clear. If we “walk in all the ways” that God commands us…we will “prosper.” But prosperity in the Kingdom of God is not the same as prosperity in the world. Power, prestige and possessions may make you rich in this world…but all those things will disappear. Love, joy, peace, kindness…these are the riches of God’s kingdom. We can have these when we walk in God’s ways. But how do we know “God’s ways” for us? Jesus often said that “the kingdom of God is at hand” so that we would know that “God’s reign” (God’s dream for you) is possible in this very moment…if we are listening to God’s voice. That means spending some time in silence; spending some time being present to what is happening in each moment of our lives. That means letting go of our ego’s desires so that God’s desires can rise within us. Jesus is the perfect model to follow. He often went off to pray in solitude. He told us to go to our inner rooms and not to babble with many words (Matthew 6:6-7). What are the “ways” God is commanding us to walk in now so that we “prosper”? The time is now…to listen, look and be present.

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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