For the man who meditates on God’s Word day and night, “Whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:3d
[As a result of avoiding the three sins mentioned in verse 1 and meditating on God’s Word day and night with delight, whatever situation or work you call us to do, Lord, you promise to prosper both it and us.
This is partly because we will be thinking as you think, acting in accord with your Word, obeying what we know to be true, and living in your power not our own. It is partly because you will act on our behalf. This is the promise I will rest on.
Of course, your definition of “prosper” may be different from ours. What may look like failure of our efforts can be what you will be using to make us prosper spiritually.
One example of this is that our last church plant failed; humanly speaking this is not prospering, and I grieved when the church died. But we know that you can bring something better out of this death of a vision.
For one thing, the believers all moved to other fellowships, taking their training, maturity and drive with them. Some of those have gone through very difficult situations since and have stood strong in their faith, trusting you.
For another, you have deepened us through this, showing me that I put too much importance on being successful from a human standpoint instead of keeping you in first place. You are prospering our efforts in a way that is different from what we wanted, but you are bringing growth and direction.
Picture: The beauty of rocks in the woods, what could be unwanted if it were in a field.