Bible Reading: Genesis 26:1-29
Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted something very badly- or so you thought- only that you didn’t know the full story? For example, you thought that you really wanted children, but after having them for a year and plenty sleepless nights, you’re wondering whether you were really ready for this; or you really thought that you wanted to live in a particular place, but after moving in and getting a bit of the neighbour’s way of life and manner of conduct, you really feel you were better off where you’re coming from. Again, think of how excited you were to finally resume as a Medical student at University and fulfil your life-long dream, and then three years later, you’re leading arguments and campaigns about how what matters in life is purpose not profession- profession can be anything: mechanic or medical doctor.
I think success can be one of those concepts that we really desire on the surface, but maybe do not consider widely enough. It is defined very loosely in our day and age, especially from a materialistic bias.
However, God is clear in His word that His desire is for us to succeed, and that the kind of success He wants for us is all-rounded:
Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]. 3 John 2 AMP
Notice that God wants us to have all-round success! God’s type of success is not the sort of thing you get in and then one year later are regretting. It’s not a new level in your business that makes you so busy and takes your heart away from God; it’s not ministry increase or church involvement that costs you your family; it’s not fame that blows our heads off or affluence that you don’t have the character or moral discipline for. God wants us to have well-rounded success.
Here is why we really need courage for this: Because of the failures of many who ‘succeeded’, we sometimes take on a conservative heart posture that becomes afraid to succeed or indifferent about succeeding. The devil sells the lie to us that we don’t need to audaciously believe for great things. We start to play small and dream with limitations, so that nothing will go wrong. We don’t want to be one of those wrong headline people, so we’d rather have a quiet non-significant life than fail on the big stage.
How many christians are living in fear where God calls us to stand up in courage: you don’t want to think of getting married because you don’t want it to fall apart; you don’t want to lead on a new level because you don’t want to mess up, you hear a word from God about things He wants to do in your life in 2022, and your default kick back is whether or not you can ‘handle’ it. I’ve been there before where God was blessing me with a car, and I was deeply worried about how to maintain it (like the resources to maintain the car are greater than what it costs to get the car, so God who provided the car is now broke and unable to maintain it!)
Have you got the courage to succeed? I believe that God invites us to stand up with courage to succeed!
…For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9 NKJV
When what we call success ceases to be because of us, and is really all about the prosperity of God’s purpose in our hands and the fulfilment of the life that He made us to live, then our sense of courage about succeeding is anchored on the fact that God is with us!
In our reading today, we read that Isaac ‘began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous’ (Genesis 26:13 NKJV) I believe that God invites us to stand up in courage for the more.
As we wait on God today, let’s trust God to spark an audacity and desire in our hearts for new levels of success in His calling and plan for our lives. Let’s be people who dream new extents and expressions in God’s kingdom purpose over our lives and stand up in courage to it!
Something To Pray
You shall increase my greatness,
And comfort me on every side
Psalm 71:21 NKJV
Would you pray this promise over your life today- that the Lord would increase your greatness and in doing that, ensure that no side of your life is left behind.