Over at Nine Moons there was a comment on the fact that righteous people pray for business success and get none. This is something I’ve thought a lot about in the past. As of late I have had a lot of success with business. Yet other faithful Latter Day Saints I know are struggling horribly with business. How can I assume my success is because of righteousness when I’m no more righteous than these other saints? And if my success isn’t from blessing then is it sheer luck? It sure seems like some divine intervention has come into play with my successes… But there does not seem to be a direct correlation between keeping the commandments and financially prospering in the land, even though the Book of Mormon does repeatedly promise prosperity in the land as a reward for keeping the commandments. Apparently that prosperity is not necessarily financial in nature.
So why have I prospered financially then? It doesn’t feel like sheer luck. It feels like God has helped out. But why help me and not others? Well, I’ve decided the answer could have something to do with this scripture:
20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated-
21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.
I was not more righteous in general than those other Saints; I may have just obeyed the necessary laws to get that specific blessing. What laws might that include? Well over the last twelve years I got an MBA, I read a small library-worth of business books, I prayed continually for financial success, I have continued to strictly keep my covenants, and I have persevered through lean financial years… Maybe those were the laws that were associated with the blessings I currently am enjoying… Or maybe it was other things. Perhaps it was all luck too, I don’t know.
But looking at it like this was the only way I could figure out how to credit God for what feels like His blessings in my life. Doing anything else feels like I am either taking credit for the blessings or blaming it all on dumb luck and that just feels wrong…
What do you think about this idea of being blessed with financial success? How should a faithful saint explain it?