'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?'
Everyone wants to be successful. How do performers measure success? Choice roles? Red carpets? Emmys? Wealth? Fame?
For Christians, success is a 'Crown of glory' (1 Peter 5:4, NKJV). It is 'Treasures in Heaven' (Matthew 6:20, NKJV).
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, NKJV).
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, NASB).
Repeatedly, God affirms His vision for us: 'Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing' (Psalm 34:10, NKJV). He 'Has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant' (Psalm 35:27, NKJV).
Yes, 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 evil king Saul--even though he was anointed by God to replace him, David said:
'My hand shall not be against you' (1 Samuel 24:13).
The Psalms reveal David's heartache, years of wandering and 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, your own clear vision will be restored.
God promotes people of vision. Therein, vision is a success strategy.
## Success Strategies: Vision (Part 3)
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series called, 'Success Strategies.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.