Are you successful?
“The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.”
Genesis 39:2-3 NLT
When Joseph was sold into slavery, could easily have sunk into depression, bitterness, hatred, complaint, and resentment. There were many hardships that he crossed at that time, but he knew that he was not alone, God was with him!, and he decided to obey Him and be faithful Him despite the circumstances.
It teaches us that Joseph learned to cultivate that intimate communion with God, not only in times of happiness, but in the midst of adversity.
We also learn that the secret of a successful life, is not based on external circumstances; consist in that God is with us. It seems paradoxical that the “free” man realized that the “slave” was successful, apparently he understood that success was more than social status, possessions or liberties that the slave might have, and that is, when the hand of the Lord are upon us it doesn’t go unnoticed, and it opens the doors of success even under the circumstances least imagined.
Today we have been led to believe that success lies in the extremes: “extreme” wealth, “extreme” beauty, “extreme” power, “extreme” pleasures satisfied, “extreme” licentiousness; but for God our success is to obey Him; “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”(Joshua 1:8)
And you, What criteria are you using to measure your success? Do you consider yourself successful according your actual achievements, or because God is with you?
Remember, when God is with us, we will not go unnoticed.
© David García Licona – September 2013