Why do we spend the majority of our time and the most productive years of our life working to obtain the best education, maximum material comforts, good health and every extracurricular activity we can afford? We do it to attain success—right? What is the highest success? Is it wealth, love, family, position, and a long retirement?
On his deathbed, King David told his son, Solomon, the key to success: “Keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies…that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn.” (1 Kings 2:3) After Solomon became king, God asked him: “Ask what I shall give you.” Solomon replied, “Give your servant an understanding mind to govern your people.”
God said, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” (1 Kings 3:11-14) No one understands success like God; after all, He gives us the life which to experience it.
When we choose to follow His way, we are choosing to live in the remarkable pleasure and success of His love.
Olympic runner, Eric Liddell, said God made him fast and that when he ran, he felt God’s pleasure. He said, “to give that up would be to hold Him in contempt. To win is to honor Him.” When we experience God’s success, we find that it has little to do with us and everything to do with Him. When we love Him with all our heart, He gives us His success. We were created for His glory. Glorifying Him is where we find absolute and total success!
Eric Liddell quote source: http://dld.bz/gSEJy
From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .