Recently I heard a talk on Psalm 1:1-3. The last verse reads (ESV) "He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." While the talk was on the importance of mediation, which I am still learning and will always continue to learn how to do, a question has stuck in my mind: What does it mean/look like to prosper during times of trial or grief? Is there such a thing?
Other questions of a similar note flow from this:
What does it mean to prosper when you are out of a job?
What does it mean to prosper when all that you put your energy towards seems to come to nothing?
I have a feeling that what our culture defines as being prosperous is not how God seems to define it in the context of this verse.