Saturday, January 9, 2010

Success God's Way - January 9, 2010

Proverbs 16:3,9 (New International Reader's Version)3 Commit to the Lord everything you do. Then your plans will succeed. ...9 In your heart you plan your life. But the Lord decides where your steps will take you.

We have made it through the first few days of the new year, and to many of us the Christmas Holidays and New Year passed us by much too quickly. We are still faced with challenges we need to overcome and goals we need to accomplish for 2010. Many of the challenges and goals may seem insurmountable as we look forward, but we have been given much "wisdom" by God throughout the Bible that is at our fingertips.

Much of the wisdom literature in the Bible is attributed to King Solomon, son of David, who ruled Israel in the 10th century B.C. We are told in his narrative, 2Chronicles 1-9, that when he succeeded his father as ruler, God appeared to him and said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you."
Because he asked for wisdom and knowledge with which to govern God's people, God made him one of the wisest and richest rulers ever known. The Book of Proverbs contains many wise sayings for daily living, and most of the book has been accredited to Solomon.

In the verses above, we are instucted to commit to God everything we do, which means that we are to continually be focused on God, as we go about our daily lives. By doing so, we are told that our plans will succeed. It doesn't promise us glory and riches, because success God's way isn't always the same as the world's way.

I was encouraged on Thursday night, during Colt McCoy's interview, after his injury and disappointing BCS Championship Game loss. He was asked about his feelings on the matter, and consistent with his example after every game, win or lose, Colt commented, "I always give God the glory. I never question why things happen the way they do. God is in control of my life, and I know that if nothing else, I am still standing on the rock." This young man, has always acknowledged his faith in God during a college football career that is replete with many awards and honors. At the University of Texas and the NCAA, Colt McCoy is recognized as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in history.

The lesson to learn here is that win or lose, God is still in control. He can carry us to the highest mountaintop, but it is in the valley that we truly know that He is there with us. Colt and those around him had great plans, but God utlimately chooses what direction they will go in. Colt is a success not only because of his God given talent and accompolishments, but because he knows whose hands in which to place his plans and faith.

If you have not already done so, take a few minutes and write down your list of challenges and goals for 2010. Then spend time alone with God in prayer, committing each one to Him one-by-one. You and your year will be better for it.

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