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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

VaYelech 52-6

And (he) walked

Deuteronomy 31:20-24

When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their forefathers, and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods and worship them, rejecting me and breaking my covenant.

Deut. 31:20 NIV

Why do you seek economic prosperity for?

There is a modern wave traveling the whole world during these last decades; it is the trend of the message of prosperity. This message is being introduced everywhere, and many preachers have specialized on this topic and there are also those who have gotten rich thanks to the offerings of honest and innocent ones who believe this message.

Since most of the world's people have financial needs and difficulties, this message of prosperity is very attractive for the masses. Tricks and formulas to become rich are presented. They speak about God's promises for financial freedom, and they preach about having a degree and becoming rich as the ultimate goal in life. The one who's achieved wealth is considered favoured by the Eternal, etc.

I'm not getting into the discussion of this message being good or bad, or if it's based on lies or truth; I only want to send a warning based on this portion of the Torah.   

If a man's heart is not surrendered to the Eternal, and if that person is not devoted to Him, temptations that come with financial prosperity may be too strong and that person is in risk of losing his soul forever. That's why there are so many warnings in the Scriptures against the dangers of riches and fame.

Let's ask ourselves: Why do I want to be financially prosperous? Why do I want abundance? If I am always in trouble with faithfulness now that I have a little, why do I think that I'll be able to be faithful when I have a lot?

Don't seek financial prosperity. Seek pure love, faithfulness, fear of the Eternal, integrity, humility, and an intimate life with the Eternal, which is lived in the secret place, plus fullness of the Spirit, obedience to the commandments, heartfelt honesty, responsibility to help and be concerned of others and that the will of the Eternal may be done at all times.

If you learn this, HaShem won't have any problem to enrich you. But if He, however, decides not to do it for whatever reason, don't seek financial prosperity. Don't chase prosperity preachers. Most of them are interested in being popular and take advantage of your money. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

In all honesty,


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