Our success doesn’t hinge on what the culture at-large says or does, or how others act toward us, or even the outcome of our circumstances. Our ultimate success totally depends on God – God’s Son, the living Word, and God’s written Word – being in us, filling and directing us. And then when we come to our life’s challenges, the Word swells up within us and we remember, find hope, and are able to move forward into success. Success on God’s terms. Real success requires a habit of moving into the secret place with God (Psalm 91). Along with meditating on the Word day and night, we also prepare for God to act by purifying our hearts.
So often we have three strikes against us before we even step out: we don’t expect God to do wonders among us, we don’t fill and feast our hearts on the Scriptures, and we run about with impure hearts. We get in the way of God’s work.
The psalmist said, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way” (Psalm 139:23-24). When we get ready for God to act, we can be certain He will do it.
Just remember: He has done it before. He can do it again and again and again.