Joshua: A 14 day devotional- DAY 5

Day 5: “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you.  Do not turn away from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.  This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.  For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:7-9)

“That you may have good success.”

Good success is God Success.  The definition of success as a follower of Christ is not money or metrics; it is magnifying Christ and Multiplying His Kingdom. When we are faithful to the Lord, we are successful.  Don’t let the world define your success by material things, fame, and personal accolades.  God Success will only come as a result of our intense focus on God, His Word, and His plan for your life.  If you lose that focus, you will not accomplish all that God has for you.  While worldly success is often mistaken as “God Success,” (example-  Person A is rich so therefore God is pleased with his success) so too, God Success is often mistaken as worldly failure (example-  Person B is working in difficult conditions with little financial reward). True “God Success” is not measured in the same way that worldly success is measured, rather the evidence of “God Success” is found in fulfillment, contentment, joy, and eternal rewards (all of these are unseen in this world). Those that the world most deems as successful are often empty, distraught, and destined for judgment.  Choose to pursue “God Success” and don’t be confused or dismayed when it does not line up with how the world defines success.
  1. How have you traditionally defined success? Is it more akin to “God success” or “worldly success?”
  2. There is a direct connection to carefully obeying God’s Word and “God success.” In what areas of your life are you not experiencing “God success?” How might a more careful approach to obeying God’s Word in that area of your life change things?