Proverbs 15:33 – The Fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.
Many times we believe we can work out our success on our own. Proverbs 15:33 lets us know that every true wisdom begins with fearing God. Fearing God requires that we do what He expects of us.
It is only by fearing God that we can rely on Him as the Leader and source of strength to succeed [Patriarchs and Prophets, page 553].
When We humbly fear God, He will give us the wisdom for success in our endeavors.
The fear of God is not one borne out of terror rather it is one that has to do with honoring Him by worshipping Him and doing what He says.
God gave the commandments as recorded in Exodus 20:1-17 for us to keep.
However, we cannot keep the commandments by our strength, we are
to rely on Him, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
If we only believe and rest on His promises, He is willing to guide us into all truth (John 16:13).
The honor comes when there is success, and it is only when We humble ourselves before God that we can attain success.
It takes humility to obey God and His law. God asks us to humble ourselves before Him, this will lead us to live a humble life before men and He will not fail to do much for us.
Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.
Moses, as we all know, was a very great leader of Israel, God manifested Himself to Him in person and through him, all the wonders that were wrought in Israel were wrought.
However, there is a characteristic that makes Moses stand out greatest among all the Prophets in the bible. He was the meekest of all the men on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3).
We only obtain great favor and success from God when We fear Him, fear is an act of humility and obedience to God shows that we really fear Him.
We will all agree that many successes attract enemies who are envious of that success. However, the success God gives to those that fear Him is above the reach of enemies.
When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:17).
This is simply the reason why many successes (per se) know no peace. It is only when We begin with God that we can have perfect success.
Proverbs 10:22 makes us understand that God’s blessings do not include sorrow.
Better a dish of vegetables where there is love than a fattened ox with hatred. (Proverbs 15:17).
True success is one that comes with peace of mind.
Jesus is the way, the truth and life (John 14:6). It is only when we acknowledge this that we can find the everlasting success. The best and worthiest is not of this world.
The worthiest and highest success a man in this world can get is succeeding in entering the kingdom of God.
Good for us, when we fear God, He will not only prosper us here on earth, He will also give us access into His kingdom.
Why then should we involve ourselves in evil to attain success that will only last for as long as we live on earth?
Another characteristic of this kind of success is that it does not come with peace.
The poverty of a righteous man is much better than the wealth of many wicked. For without peace, even the wealth cannot be well-enjoyed.
The Poor man who is righteous has a greater reward in heaven because His eternal and it is one that has no sorrow.
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? (Matthew 16:26).
Bible Texts: Jeremiah 22:13, 17:11, Luke 12:20, Psalm 55:23.
Seek Ye first the Kingdom of God and all these things (both here on earth and in heaven) will be added onto us. (Matthew 6:33).
I pray that We find this success as it is the greatest of all successes in Jesus’ name.
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
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