The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Psalm 92:12
When we are given an assignment and it turns out wonderfully, but it isn’t what the person assigning us the task communicated for us to do, is that success? In the world around us, there are many people who appear to be successful by man’s standards—fame, wealth, riches—but by God’s standards are complete failures. They missed the mark. They aren’t becoming what He intended for them to become.
If our desire in life is to obtain godly success, we must first get our assignment straight: What is God’s will for our lives? God’s will for everyone is to know Him and to develop a personal, intimate relationship with Him while becoming what He created each person to become. However, how that looks specifically in each person’s life varies.
For David, it meant growing in his relationship with God through the trials and struggles of becoming king of Israel. For Jonathan, it meant growing in his relationship with God through the tremendous sacrifice of yielding the throne to David. Godly success looked different in both these men’s lives, yet they both achieved it by following God’s will.
We establish ourselves as men and women of God if we are willing to hear and obey His will for our lives. It is the only way we can have true, godly success in our lives. It is the only way to measure success—are we doing what He has asked?
Father, establish me as a person who is willing to hear and obey Your will. Let me measure my success by doing what You have asked.