When Duty Calls
“The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.” Proverbs 16:26
Nothing motivates people more than necessity. Some people find it natural to be ambitious, but for others, they probably would stay in their comfort zone until they need to step up to the plate. The young pregnant teen starts thinking about her child’s future and decides to stay away from the party scene; the young dad-to-be pushes aside college education to get a job that will pay the bills and provide for his family. The single working professional suddenly has to find a different job that will pay more because new responsibilities were thrust upon them when they have to take custody of a niece or nephew. The divorced family man is faced with new caregiving responsibilities when his father had a sudden heart attack or his mother had an unexpected fall and broke a hip. You find yourself in a position where you have to plan – and you have to think fast! Life happens, and the last thing you want to do is fail. How do you guarantee success when you’re making plans for your life?
The Way to Success
“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
The first scripture that comes to my mind is Proverbs 16:3. Whatever you decide to do, or if you are clueless what to do next, pray about it and take it to God. Include God in your planning and thinking, and get as much advice as possible.
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22
Athletes have trainers; gym rats have personal trainers. Executive coaching and life coaching are booming industries because everyone wants to be successful at what they do, so why not apply this same principle to spiritual training? Make a new friend with someone at church, someone whose walk with God you highly respect. Make it a point to meet someone who is successful professionally and spiritually, and watch how this person relies on God for everything they do. After all, I don’t know about you, but I am a visual learner, and I learn best by watching someone model what I think is success. Monkey see, monkey do.
13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”
— Deuteronomy 28:13 (emphasis added)
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. 11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God….
12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, 13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God…
17 You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 8 (emphasis added)
One important ingredient to success is to NOT forget God in the process. God is the One whom we should strive to please. If God is not happy with you, you may not like the results of your life. Am I promoting works over grace? Nope I am not. However, the scriptures are clear that when you care enough about God to pay attention to His commands and do what pleases Him, “you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” When you are pleasing God, you are nurturing your relationship with Him. In a marriage, you do things to please your spouse because you love your wife or husband. How would this be different with God? All the sins we commit, the “bad things” we do, hurt our relationship with God, so why do it?
29 At midday you will grope about like a blind person in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.”
Deuteronomy 28:29 (emphasis added)
If Deuteronomy 28:29 is the antithesis of obedience, then that means you will be successful in everything you do.
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” Proverbs 21:31
At the end of the day, God calls the shots, and He decides whether you will be successful or not. As long as we recognize that our ability to produce any kind of wealth comes from God, we will see how much we need Him, and hopefully this will inspire us to honor God and love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength.
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