The word “thoughts” in Hebrew has a couple of meanings. One of the meanings is “plans” and many versions use it to push the prosperity agenda. However, even the word “plans” has two definitions:
makh-ash-aw-baw’, makh-ash-eh’-beth From H2803; a contrivance, that is, (concretely) a texture, machine, or (abstractly) intention, plan (whether bad, a plot; or good, advice)
KJV Usage: cunning (work), curious work, device (-sed), imagination, invented, means, purpose, thought.
“Thoughts” in today’s verse refers to the Lord’s thoughts, which we know to be good. Therefore these thoughts are seen as words of good intentions and plans (good advice). The Bible has one purpose and that is to show man why he was created:
Eccl. 12-13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Deut 6:25 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
The entire Bible is an instruction to man from God teaching us how to do just that. We must first be save before we can understand fully what God is planning for us.
1 Cor. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Admit it, before you were saved, you didn’t care about the Bible and what it had to say. After salvation, the Holy Spirit of the living God changed you from the inside out. He began teaching you and showing you God’s will for you. The unsaved do not care about that.
Today’s verse is not about prosperity … well, in a way it does … it does teach prosperity for your spiritual life. When we stay close to God through His word, He will guide us unto all things righteous.
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
This is the prosperity – this is what our lives should revolve around. When you seek prosperity according to the world (its riches), you can’t help but covet. The world’s riches are not what will bring you satisfaction deep down in the pit of your heart. It is doing God’s will for your life that brings joy, peace and accomplishment. Those things are what will last for all eternity. Your earthly prosperity will stay right here after you’re dead and gone.