Three Biblical Rules for Success

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA.

“Med­i­tate on it day and night.… then you will be pros­per­ous and suc­cess­ful.” Jos 1:8 NIV

God told Joshua: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall med­i­tate in it day and night, that you may observe to do accord­ing to all that is writ­ten in it. For then you will make your way pros­per­ous, and… have good suc­cess” (v.8 NKJV). God views suc­cess as sim­ple to achieve, and equal­ly sim­ple for Him to mea­sure: If we are going to suc­ceed in things that real­ly mat­ter, we must fol­low the instruc­tions for life found in Scrip­ture. So, here are three bib­li­cal rules for suc­cess:

First, look it up.This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth.” Or as the Amer­i­can Express cred­it card com­pa­ny likes to say, ”Don’t leave home with­out it!” Suc­cess entails mak­ing the study of God’s Word a con­stant part of your life. This may mean a rad­i­cal change for you. Nine­ty per­cent of Amer­i­cans own a Bible. Fifty per­cent nev­er read it, includ­ing 23 per­cent of all fol­low­ers of Christ. And only 18 per­cent of those read it every day. Imag­ine going to a doc­tor when you’re sick and get­ting a pre­scrip­tion that can make you well But you only take it once a week, or when you feel like it, or nev­er at all. Would you blame the doc­tor for not get­ting well? Some of us do that with God: “Lord, why has this hap­pened to me? I don’t under­stand it.” Would you say the med­i­cine does­n’t work? Not if you don’t take it. “My peo­ple are destroyed for lack of knowl­edge” (Hos 4:6). So, the word for you today is: Get into God’s Word and get it into you!

Sec­ond, let it in. The word “med­i­tate” means “to pon­der, rumi­nate, or exam­ine atten­tive­ly.” So, don’t just read the Scrip­tures, thor­ough­ly digest them. Pray, “Open my eyes to see the won­der­ful truths in your instruc­tions” (Ps 119:18 NLT). You can read a Scrip­ture dozens of times and sud­den­ly see some­thing you’ve nev­er seen before. The idea is to train your mind to see things from God’s view­point. Mark Twain said the two best days in a per­son­’s life are the day they’re born, and the day they dis­cov­er why they’re born. And the only per­son who can tell you that is your Cre­ator.

Third, live it out.Be care­ful to do every­thing writ­ten in it. Then you will be pros­per­ous and suc­cess­ful” (Jos 1:8 NIV). Yes, study the Bible, med­i­tate on the Bible, and even mem­o­rize the Bible. But if you want to find suc­cess in life you must obey the Bible. You must trans­late truth into action. No one can guar­an­tee you suc­cess except God—and that guar­an­tee is found in read­ing, med­i­tat­ing, and obey­ing His Word. Val­ue and worth are direct­ly relat­ed to pur­pose. A car that won’t run is worth­less. A pen that won’t write is use­less. Like­wise, if You are going to be what you need to be, you need to find your pur­pose in life and ful­fill it. At death, your fame and for­tune will not mat­ter. The thing of eter­nal val­ue will be your answer to this ques­tion: “Did I live my life in the pres­ence of God and for His pur­pose?” C. S. Lewis put it this way: “He who has God and every­thing has no more than the per­son who has God alone.”

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA — 2019. Mer­ritt, Still Stand­ing, pages 75–78