Sunday, July 7th, 2013
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)
'And I will establish him in My house and in My Kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever.'
According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: 'Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?'
1 Chronicles 17:14-16 (NKJV)
In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him.
1 Samuel 18:14 (NIV)
Everyone wants to be successful. How do performers measure success? Choice roles? Red carpets? Big trophies? 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; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord' (Matthew 25:23).
Is it 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). Surely King David did prosper--eventually. But He was a man of vision, specifically God's vision of his success. Therefore, David waited on God for promotion. He refused to take the matter of worldly success into his own hands.
When given an opportunity to kill the evil king--even the one he was anointed by God to replace, David said to Saul:
'My hand shall not be against you' (1 Samuel 24:13). David wanted success, but only by the Hand of God. The Psalms reveal his heartache, his years of wandering and his hope for success. Nevertheless, David was a man of long-term vision.
Similarly, actors, models and talent for Christ must resist a 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.
God promotes people of vision. Therein, vision is a success strategy.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies (2013) series.