For the kingdom of God is not eating or drinking,

but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

  (Romans 14:17)

Too often, our picture of God’s prosperity looks like the successful businessman piously smiling and living in suburbia with his pristine, well-groomed family, shorn of all bad habits like smoking and drinking. They are all smiling happily with their Bibles in hand marching off to church. It’s true that for every believer, the promise is the same: peace, joy, and abundant life. But how differently it works out for every individual! How God satisfies one person with peace He may express in a completely different way for another.