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God’s Definition of Success

READ | Psalm 25:1-5

How would you define success? A lot of the world considers power, prosperity, and prestige to be the highest of goals. God desires a different outlook in the lives of His children. True, He blesses some people with lofty positions or wealth. But from His standpoint, success means walking in His way.

The Bible asks in Deuteronomy 10:12, “What does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul . . . ?”

As the Holy Spirit reveals God’s heart to us, we have the opportunity to obey and follow our Father. Beyond pleasing Him, there are many benefits to walking in His way.

First, we develop intimacy with Him. When we seek the Lord, He enlarges our ability to understand His ways. Second, we gain a rich prayer life. Third, we begin to operate from His perspective as we see things the way He does. Fourth, we have more patience and find it easier to wait on Him.

Fifth, when we face adversity, we’re increasingly stable and steadfast. We can experience peace in the midst of trials because we know God. We trust that He’s in control. Finally, we impact others. All the benefits will be clear to people around us. As they observe our peace, assurance, and strength during difficult times, they’ll see Jesus is real.

Read Deuteronomy 10:12 again, this time as a prayer. Ask the Lord to reveal one new way you can love Him or serve Him more wholeheartedly.

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