Dress for Success
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8 NIV).
Is it selfish or sinful to want to be successful? Evidently God didn’t think so when he commissioned Joshua to take Moses’ place as the leader of the Israelites! He gave Joshua promises of prosperity and success and a blueprint to follow in order to achieve them. The Bible holds that blueprint. It also holds a very specific description of success.
Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua was to take the place of Moses, a tough act to follow! He would lead the Israelites through bloody military campaigns, deal with insurrection in the troops, and tackle the monumental task of assigning parcels of the Promised Land to the various tribes of Israel. These tasks were far too difficult to be tackled alone, but Joshua had God’s assurance, “I will be with you wherever you go. I will prosper you. You will be successful.” We have those same promises, but we have to remember that God is promising provision and success as we fulfill his purpose for our lives. He did not promise Joshua 1000 camels and years of leisure. He promised a different sort of success, almost as if to say, “Here’s the game plan. Here is my will for your life. Head on out. I’ll see to it that you are victorious.” And God delivered success: the Jordan River parted, the walls of Jericho fell, the sun stood still, and the temple treasury filled with silver and gold.
Joshua reiterated God’s blueprint for success in his farewell address, “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left” (Joshua 23:6 NIV). The Bible is packed with instructions from our loving Lord. While those rules will never earn us salvation, we would be wise to heed God’s direction as we ask him for success.
When have you followed Biblical instruction and seen it make a difference in your day to day life?