The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life.
Here's the thing: success comes from two places: God and Satan. The Bible makes this hard truth clear throughout the Old and New Testaments. Satan said, 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish' (Luke 4:6). In other words, Satan can give worldly success.
Jesus concurs: 'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God' (Matthew 19:24). These words are hard to hear, and His disciples 'Were greatly astonished' (Matthew 19:26). We, too, are astonished when we consider their implications. The good news? 'With God all things are possible' (Matthew 19:26).
Here's the next thing: Satan's authority to promote people is temporary. Not only will Satan fall, but so will every proud success story on the face of the earth. The best case scenario is for each one to get broken in the here and now, like I did. Like so many other on-fire Christians in their B.C. years. Like Paul.
What about the worldly success that actors, models and talent for Christ hope to achieve, the success that God promises? How can they, remaining humble, receive promotion in the midst of the arrogant elitism of entertainment industry?
Because God says 'In the midst of a crooked and perverse generation' they will 'Shine as lights in the world' (Philippians 2:15). Believe Him. God's promotion is supernatural.
Sure, the entertainment deck seems stacked. The power players are kings and queens, face cards, high numbers, and dirty play. But God owns all the aces. He plays them as He wills.
Therefore, embrace humility in confidence--no matter what others do. Embrace every secretary, assistant, technician, and beginner. Your success will be true, joyful, and lasting.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Humility Precedes Success series.