Psalm 39:7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you” NIV
The residents of America are inundated with subliminal messages of reaching specified bars of success. Social media, marketing ads throughout a plethora of entertainment venues, magazines, newspapers, and blogs obliquely consumed our subconscious insisting we reach a bar of success that may not be in alignment with God’s intent or purpose for your life.
Our hopes are tied into paradigms of success we see on a daily base. Beautiful homes, cars, luxurious cruises, clothes, power, fame and monetary value. Based upon this constant barrage into our subconscious on a consistent ritualistic harmonic base we along with those close to us may not even realize how in tune w
e are to its effectiveness. We may inadvertently judge, govern and mistreat others based upon our belief in who and what is successful and who is not a success.
More suicides are common in richer neighbors, but it rests upon those who are considered middle-income who are trying to ascertain the bar of the more affluent. Trying to keep up with the proverbial Jones has its pitfalls. It is better to understand your particular purpose in life by your commitment to God and his revealed instructions concerning your life. Your life consists of your family, assets, skills, economic status, academic achievements, and talents. Some are tangible while other are intangible. People will at time overlook and undervalue you, but your obedience to the Lord will bring you through the scrutiny of man.
Obedience to God may or may not lead you to a life of financial prosperity, but it will lead you to Divine Prosperity. Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” KJV The Hebrew meaning of prospering is to push forward, break out, go over and effect. The Hebrew meaning for success is skill, have understanding, wisdom, integrity, and wisdom.
Joshua 1:8 ………..You shall make your way efficient and effective, and you shall have understanding which consequences anchor your integrity and give you the ability to pour out wisdom (emphasis mine).
With this definition and exegete succinctly brought to the lucidity of thought withdrawing from the concentration of the 21st Century thought of riches and financial gratification (prosperity doctrines), we can have a clearer knowledge of David’s Psalm given to his Director of music Jeduthun in Psalms 29. David is the battleground of his thoughts and life’s complexities. He resolves to be silent as not to sin even if his feelings are justifiable and good. Because he understands the evil hearts (people) that surround his realm, he dares not say anything that would be twisted or taken out of context while he processes his present condition.
Charles Spurgeon stated his condition as, his inwardnes s burned, it mused and fused until it became confusing. His fiery ocean of thought and grief burst forth, not at a man, but it’s requited in prayer to God who knew his frustration and could answer his mind. Obedience implies respect, compliance, and submission to a process for an already planned out result. Isaiah 46:10 “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” NIV It will do us best to not compare ourselves or evaluate our success based upon the trends of our culture, but on the foundation of God’s divine purpose for our lives. 2 Corinthians 10:12 “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” NIV
There are times and places in our entire faith walk where we will feel uncomfortable. That station of waiting creates a quarry of questions and makes others who cannot discern or locate your solace call you into derision. Don’t allow their mockery or disdain of the awkwardness of your posture disturb your resolve to “wait on the Lord.”
Psalms 43:5 “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” NIV Yes, you may be uncomfortable in your obedience but be assured that the anchor of your soul will not go unrewarded. Your maturation and revelation of Christ in you the hope of glory will foster the prosperity and success God has intended for you. Those divine virtues may render financial blessings purposed to be sowed into the Kingdom or you may be supplied on a daily allotment of his favor that you may carry out your mandate. Both are divine and both are maintained by discipline of the soul.
Your assigned may be a weighty mandate, but trust the process of your obedience to his processing purpose. Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.” KJV The outcome of your obedience is the reaping in the due season without comparing what others may or may not have. When I was a little girl I would witness my papa Levi Jackson sow corn, potatoes, watermelon and field peas. It never failed, in the harvest season I would help reap the harvest in its season never forgetting how I had to wait for it to arrive. Be bless my sister and brothers the transition (uncomfortable to comfortable) will accomplish God’s divine will in your life.