Thursday, August 15, 2013

Success Ensured by Martin Wiles

My two brothers and I grew up in a normal home (if there is such a thing). I suppose we also had normal expectations, but things didn’t materialize as we anticipated.

Our parents tended to our every need. Dad was a pastor, so he also cared for an extended family. We watched him and mom stick together through thick and thin. I suppose when we were young we imagined we’d have a storybook marriage like our parents with healthy kids and overall good health ourselves.

But life threw us curves our parents never experienced. Two of us have wallowed through broken marriages along with the accompanying depression and financial meltdown. One of us has watched our children walk away from their spiritual foundations. Another was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 40 and yet another with diabetes and neuropathy around the same age.

Though we’ve all walked down thorny paths, our faith has remained intact. I—the oldest, continue to stand by claiming God’s promise to Joshua: No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you (Joshua 1:5 NLT).

Moses led the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery and through the wilderness to the borders of the Promised Land, but Joshua would take them into victory. God assured him he’d enjoy the identical accompaniment his predecessor had.

God usually defines success differently than I do. He chooses the weak vessels—or makes the strong ones weak through trials, so that the resulting success can only be explained by testifying of his power and grace. All that’s required is that I yield consistently and follow faithfully.

If you’ve accepted God’s love and forgiveness, you will be successful. He guarantees it.

Prayer: Father above, remind us our success in life is only attained because of Your power in us. Thank You that no one or thing can stand against us when we’re in Your care.

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