Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, January 12th, 2018
Success Strategies (Part 3)
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;

But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.

Though it tarries, wait for it;

Because it will surely come,

It will not tarry.
Habakkuk 2:3 (NKJV)
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him.
1 Samuel 18:14 (NIV)
Everyone wants to be successful, but how do we measure success? Choice roles? Big money? Bigger houses? Fame?

For Christians, success is a 'Crown of glory' (1 Peter 5:4). It is 'Treasures in Heaven' (Matthew 6:20). It is a godly commendation that says, 'Well done, good and faithful servant' (Matthew 25:23).

Are we selfish to want earthly success? King David did: 'I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living' (Psalm 27:13).

Repeatedly, God affirms His vision for us: 'Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing' (Psalm 34:10). He 'Has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant' (Psalm 35:27).

King David did prosper--eventually. But He waited on God for promotion... at least 20 years before he became king of Judah and Israel. He refused to take the matter of worldly success into his own hands.

When given an opportunity to kill the evil king, the one he was anointed to replace, David said to Saul:

'My hand shall not be against you' (1 Samuel 24:13). The Psalms reveal David's heartache, his years of wandering, patience and hope. Through it all, David was a man of long-term vision.

Similarly, heroes for Christ must resist the short-sighted eye epidemic called spiritual myopia. It's hit the 'Get It Now' generation like a plague. The cure is found in the Bible. By reviewing the timeline of success for God's stars, clear vision will be restored.

Therein, vision is a success strategy.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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