Success, like failure, can be a dangerous thing; tempting us to put our hope and joy where it shouldn't be.
Failure is a obvious challenge. We understand that it is something we naturally fear, and know that we must trust in the Lord to overcome – even if it is a long process.
Success is more subtle, yet just as deadly. I find that as soon as I get an inch of success, for example a new deal or client, two things happen.
First, I get excited. This is not in itself a bad thing, but can easily show a heart that finds joy outside of God, and a dependance on my situation to be happy.
Second, I start to think of how well I’ve done and become proud; thinking it was due to my skills and abilities, rather than praising God who empowers me in the first place.
This is a continual battle, and I find that the only effective remedy is to go to God daily, repenting of my pride and seeking to find my joy in him alone. Then, when success comes, it causes an outpouring of worship, not vanity.
May your success remind you of our loving God who blesses us abundantly, and lead you to praise him and share this blessing with others.
For seven days you must celebrate this festival to honor the Lord your God at the place he chooses, for it is he who blesses you with bountiful harvests and gives you success in all your work.
Deuteronomy 16:15a NLT
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