Day 4 – Desire and Persistence Lead to Prosperity

Prosperity comes in many different ways.  So many times, people only associate being prosperous with being wealthy.  Wealth is only one aspect of prosperity.  Prosperity can easily be related to getting what you desire, as well.  Desire, again, is a strong feeling, worthy or unworthy, that impels us toward the attainment or possession of something within reach.  A great example of that is with Jacob desiring to have Rachel as his wife.  When Jacob is asked by Laban, “What should your wages be?” Genesis 29:18 says, “Now Jacob loved Rachel; so, he said, ‘I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.’”  That, to me, seems like some pretty serious dedication just to get someone or something that you desire.  Jacob’s desire for Rachel led him to become the father of the 12 tribes of Israel.  That in itself is something that he could be very proud of.  Family is another form of prosperity and one that is often overlooked.

Jacob’s desire to prosper was challenged even after he left Laban.  Genesis 32:26-29 says, “So He said to him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Jacob.’ And He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.’ Then Jacob asked, saying, ‘Tell me Your name, I pray.’ And He said, ‘Why is it that you ask about My name?’ And He blessed him there.”  The persistency that Jacob showed that night is how God wants us to approach every situation — whether it be with our family, at our job, while we are praying, or whatever we are doing.  Jacob was persistent in his desire to gain his blessing, which he knew was promised to him, and was not going to give up until he got it.

Read Genesis 27-32.  See how Jacob gets blessed by his father, works night and day for the woman that he desires, becomes a very prosperous farmer, is blessed with a large family, and perseveres through his fight to step into the blessing that he knows God has for him.  Ask God to align and focus your desires so that you persist on your path to new levels of prosperity.

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