Friday, July 27th, 2012
The Danger Of Success (Part 2, Conclusion)
Descending From The Peak
And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!'
Matthew 14:29-30 (NKJV)
And Moses turned and went down from the mountain, and the two tablets of the Testimony were in his hand... So it was, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. So Moses' anger became hot, and he cast the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain.
Exodus 32:15,19 (NKJV)
And he prayed that he might die, and said, 'It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!'
1 Kings 19:4 (NKJV)
If the primary danger of success is accepting glory from men, then the secondary danger of success is coming down the wrong way from a God-given height.
Here's the action in today's key scriptures: 1) Peter was walking on water, but started to sink. 2) Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments to discover God's people worshipping a golden calf. 3) Elijah defeated 450 evil prophets on Mount Carmel in a blaze of glory and went into a depression.
Peter got scared. Moses got angry. Elijah got suicidal. So, what happened? Each got distracted: Peter by the waves, Moses by the dancing, and Elijah by Jezebel's threats. Peter lost his faith. Moses lost his temper. Elijah lost his courage.
So, how can we prevent our own lows? Physically, we can't. It's a law of nature: the calm between the waves, the valley between the hills, the night between our days. Lows are meant to give us rest.
But the enemy is well-aware that we can lose focus on God in our low points. Satan will try to rise above us to seek any advantage he can get. He seeks our life.
The solution to this secondary danger of success? 'I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches' (Psalm 63:6), and 'I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search' (Psalm 77:6).
Other than Jesus, no one had it harder or talked about it more often than David. He had gut-wrenching highs and lows. During the lulls, he made a 'diligent search' for God. He prayed.
Jesus did too. 'And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray' (Matthew 14:23).
The answer? Don't leave the peak. Just leave the people. Pray. Pray in your down time. God will protect you. 'Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning' (Psalm 30:5).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Danger Of Success series.