We all want to be healthy, motivated, prosperous in all aspects of life – in other words, simply successful. So then why is it that not all of us are successful, even when we say we believe in the Almighty God. Why does it seem like God blesses some more than others? Can it be that God is wrong and unfair?
God is in no way ever unfair and He loves all of His children and takes care of them the same. In His word, He clearly says, “Long ago the Lord said to Israel: ‘I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself’” (Jeremiah 31:3). If God has done everything He can from His side for us to live a wholesome life, that means that there is still something for us to do from our side of things on which a lot depends on.
From here I would like to separate three essential things which are all extremely important for us believers wanting to see Gods victory and glory in our lives.
1. Genuine and persevering work. Whether we like it or not God appointed humans to work. The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it” (Genesis 2:15). Without the first purpose – to get to know your Creator, every person has their own job which we should be doing genuinely, from our heart and diligently. It doesn’t matter at all how old you are or what your occupation is, the Bible teaches us the Godly principles of success: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23). “And do everything with love” (1 Corinthians 16:14). God created humans to work, create, discover, come up with and think of, look after and make a routine out of it – we are all created according to God’s image.
We are not created to be lazy or to sit in one spot forever. An individual feels happy and fulfilled doing something as well as creating and making something out of it. Everyone’s hidden treasure – the ability to work as well as implement what we don’t yet see; “A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense” (Proverbs 12:11). “Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears, wealth from hard work grows over time" (Proverbs 13:11).
Does this mean that if I work anything and without resting I’ll be successful? Well a stick has two endings, that’s why having a job just to work or having a job just to become rich, won’t bring success or satisfaction. Where does your success lie? Our creator knows the best, He showed us and left us a a perfect example of working and resting – 6 days of work and 1 day of rest. This leads us onto the second point I have.
2. Obedience to God. Only getting to know God deeper and more personally and having a deeper relationship will we get to know and understand Gods will for us much more, as well as hearing His voice and trusting in Him like we would in a good father, and be obedient to Him. Working hard and sincerely from the heart alongside searching for His will and guidance we will await success with amazing results that will come from it. “Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3). If you work honestly and without cheating, pay your taxes, not use others but instead take care of those weaker than us, generously help and serve others, not even just for the pay check but just to help another in need and be sensitive to what God says, success is bound to come your way.
Not all of our ideas and understandings can and will come into existence for the simple reason that you are not created and put on this earth for every single one of your ideas. Often times, we ourselves don’t even know what we are successful at and what we succeed in and are good at, until you come across certain situations. However, God knows and even appointed us to accomplish certain things. “For we are Gods’ masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he has planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10). We should be communicating regularly with God, asking Him for His guidance and His will for us in our everyday jobs and activities.
Sometimes God uses all of our surroundings, at times even when we feel like we are being affected painfully and are in extreme suffering. Suffering is in no way Gods ultimate plan for us but sometimes God will use it to get rid of our stubbornness and pride. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5-6). “For I know the plans I have for you’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Raising my own kids, I clearly see that one may need much harder surroundings and higher demands, whereas all the other may need could be one word of asking them, in order for them to achieve what they need to achieve. My heart, as a mother, rejoices when my children are capable and I see them achieve certain tasks, even if they may need my help or touch at times. At the same time, I don’t rush to implement or bring into existence all of their ideas, desires and thoughts as I understand that some of their wants and desires can be harmful to them.
Therefore, listening to and obeying Gods will as well as diligently and sincerely doing what is acceptable in Gods eyes, we will await and see great success. “And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes make our efforts successful!” (Psalms 90:17).
3. Educated and cultivated character. Finally we understand that at the end of life we will not be able to take anything along with us, whether we have earned it or achieved it, nothing that we see with our bare eye will come with us when we have reached the end of life. However, along with one of Gods’ initial purposes for each of us, the only thing we will take away with us from this life when we leave Earth is a changed and renewed inside as well as an educated character. And for every good work we do, God will reward us and nothing will go past Gods eyes without His knowledge. For that reason, let’s not stop working with all of our heart, soul and drive, let’s encourage one another because the ultimate goal and purpose is a lot bigger than we can imagine. “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever" 2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
A believers purpose and a guarantee of success will always be eternal life with God, our Creator. I come across a lot of people who have achieved a lot in their lives and are extremely successful, and they always admit that simply earned money or earthly treasures does not bring hope, or more success or even more joy to your life. However, doing hard jobs alongside God and searching for His will in everything we do, a soft and sensitive heart loving all those around us, a cultivated character – these are the things that are the biggest treasures, successes and achievements for us and to our Almighty God.