I agree with you, Game, 110% percent. Worldly prosperity as an aim is an idol which will always dissatisfy.
Spiritual prosperity is richly living out our role as a “fragrant offering” in the hands of God the Son, given to God the Father. If I can wax a bit sermonish, it’s as God the Father says to God the Son, “Mmmm! That smells wonderful, my dear Son! I love it!” And God the Son says back to God the Father, “Yes, dear Father, I agree! It was to die for!” Now, the execution of this on earth MIGHT involve a lot of earthly wealth, but to be rich spiritually, all of it (whether that adds up in earthly terms to a little or a lot) should be involved in doing things that are an offering to God. Like sharing the gospel.
I’ve got spiritual riches. Money would be nice but I only need what I need.
Worldly prosperity as an aim is an idol which will always dissatisfy.
It has to dissatisfy.
I encountered an interesting article last year while preparing a presentation for men's group. Human beings seem to have an interesting little built in Catch-22. We get a bigger neurological payback from seeking things, than from actually getting what we're chasing after.