This verse is used to comfort those in the midst of a struggle. It is a very powerful verse, one that can restore one’s faith in his God. We all know God wants to give us a future of welfare and one of hope, but what if for some of us that prosperity will not come until we become residents in His kingdom. What if I am meant to live from paycheck to paycheck, to know financial struggle and shortfalls? What if I had an abundance of money and I suddenly lost it all? Would I be able to cry out and be able to agree with Job when he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”?
Our Heavenly Father is genuinely concerned with our welfare, future, and providing us with a hope in all things. This does not necessarily mean we will prosper financially in this life. For myself, if I had wealth I wonder how it would affect my faith. The quickest way to lose one’s faith is start questioning why God is not fulfilling His promise and we are not attaining financial prosperity. I think the translations that translate the Hebrew word there as meaning prosper instead of welfare can be misleading.
We are to remember that our wealth is not to be gathered and stored here on earth, but to be stored in heaven where neither moth nor rust can destroy. One thing this world does not provide is hope, and having a hope in Jesus will leave us far wealthier than any abundance this world can give. God will restore to us the years that the locusts have stolen but that restoration may not come until we are in His eternal kingdom, in the New Jerusalem.
The question I ask myself is this: Can I say, in faith, along with Job, “Though He slay me I will hope in Him.”? The response is that, in and of myself, I cannot because that kind of faith is not possible by my own strength. But God is good in that He provides that faith for us so we do not need to rely on our own ability because we would always fail and turn away. Faith is hope in things seen and not seen, and remains when things are given, not given or taken away.