Posted: March 17, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, ‘Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.’ This was Job’s regular custom.”

– Job 1:1, 5b

One of my last bible study lessons shared with the high school students I worked with before returning to the classroom was on the subject of success inspired from passages of scripture found in 2 Chronicles 26 and 27 illustrated by the lives of 2 different people. In 2 Chronicles 26 we learn about King Uzziah whom we are introduced to at the age of 16. I chose these passages specifically because of the age of the biblical character associated with the audience I was working with. In verse 5 of 2 Chronicles 26 it reads specifically, “As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success.” The principle of seeking was associated with the principle of success illustrated in the life of King Uzziah. The principle of seeking was part of Jesus’ first initial sermon when He began preaching in Matthew’s gospel 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”.

In 2 Chronicles 27:2, 6 it reads, “He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Uzziah had done. Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God.” From this we talked about what it meant to seek the LORD and concluded that success is inevitable for those who seek the LORD. I believe success is relative, therefore no person’s success, fulfillment or achievement should be diminished in the sight of another’s measure of success. For 2 reasons I believe this: 1) Everyone is not called to do what the Rev. Billy Graham, or Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  did in the manner they did it, and 2) Everyone does not aspire to succeed in such rare air, as I call it as those men did. Yet each person’s success is as valuable, meaningful, and significant as another’s. Also consider this, Jesus said that of men who were born of women there was none greater than John the Baptist (see Matthew 11). When you think of who would be considered great in the bible, Jesus puts John the Baptist at the top, yet Sunday sermons and bible study reflections usually center around people such as Moses, David and Abraham on the subject of success.

During the lesson shared with the high school students, we concluded the following as actions of seeking the LORD:

  • Acknowledging Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior
  • Praying
  • Going to church
  • Listening to the sermon
  • Reading God’s word
  • Reflecting and meditating on His word
  • Applying His word
  • Seeking Godly counsel

Closer inspection of Joshua 1 in the Old Testament will reveal to you that some of what is on this list, that the students concluded, is exactly what God told Joshua to do and declared to Joshua that if he did what God had told him to do Joshua would be successful. Psalm 1 says that the person who meditates on God’s word and delights in it will be prosperous in all he does. Continued inspection of the scripture has taught me now that I don’t need to seek success, I just need to seek God sincerely doing what He requires of me in His word and He will make me successful as He promised Joshua!

May God bless you and help you to encounter the success He promises as you seek Him sincerely to experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.


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