Thursday Thoughts for Parents: "The Test of Prosperity"
This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, The Test of Prosperity, given on July 29, 2018.
King David knew prosperity. He had a powerful military, an honorable reputation, and tremendous wealth. Unfortunately, these rich blessings became a cause for turning David’s heart away from the Lord. God mercifully brought David out of this dreadful state of pride, but not without first disciplining David by hiding His face from him. The experience so moved David that he wrote Psalm 30 to share with us what he learned. This Psalm functions as both a warning against the temptations associated with prosperity but also as a call to worship. The exuberant joy that bookends his confession of pride (see Psalm 30:6) is a glorious reminder to praise the goodness of God for his undeserved kindness to sinners like you and me.
Read Psalm 30
- CJ opened the sermon by warning us that prosperity is a gift but also a test. Have you thought about prosperity in this way? How is it that God’s blessings which are meant to draw us near tempt us to turn away from Him?
- King David captures our imaginations in this psalm with some beautiful contrasts (for example: God’s anger and God’s favor). Make a list of these contrasts and discuss what these contrasts teach us about God and ourselves.
- Where are places where your mountain is standing strong (v.7)? That is, where are you presently experiencing God’s blessings? In what ways does Psalm 30 help you battle the temptation to self-sufficiency and self-exaltation? In what ways does Psalm 30 offer encouragement when you fail the test of prosperity?
- Try to remember the six indicators that reveal prosperity is turning you away from God? How many did you get?
Spend time giving thanks to God for so many undeserved blessings and praising Him for caring so well for us!
[Post by Chris Coupland]