Friday, August 2nd, 2013
Success Strategies (Part 29)
They set up kings, but not by Me; They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them. From their silver and gold they made idols for themselves.
Hosea 8:4 (NKJV)
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
Psalm 118:9 (NKJV)
By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth.
Proverbs 8:15-16 (NKJV)
Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; All nations shall serve Him.
Psalm 72:11 (NKJV)
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
The worldwide web is about connection: silvery threads that cover the earth. Media is about connection: places like Facebook form community. The entertainment industry is about connection: meeting the right people in the right places to get ahead. To succeed, you must know somebody who knows somebody.
Red carpet events are about connection: stars glitter for cameras, directors, fans and each other. It's a game of one-upmanship. Awards and Golden Tickets are trophies. Starring roles are prizes. A lifestyle of money, fame and celebrity are perks. But the best connections are essential.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: place every ladder behind Jacob's ladder. The Somebody you need to connect with is God. 'If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you' (John 15:7). Because all other connections will fall short. But never God. 'Surely the Arm of the Lord is not too short to save' (Isaiah 59:1).
It's about priorities: if you stay connected with God, practice your talent and wait patiently on His promotion, He'll place you before the right people: 'A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men' (Proverbs 18:16).
'Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men' (Proverbs 22:29). Even more: 'Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes round about and see; They all gather together, they come to you' (Isaiah 60:3-4).
Therein, connection with God first and man second is a success strategy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.