Saturday, November 30, 2013

No Success Without Wisdom!

If the iron is blunt, and he does not sharpen the edge, then must he use more strength: but wisdom helps one to succeed. (Ecclesiastes 10:10) 

I don't know of a hotter subject today than success. Magazine articles, books, seminars, and sermons promote it. But success is seldom linked with wisdom. Chances are good that if we would pick up last Sunday's paper and read it through, we'd come across twenty or more references to success, yet find nothing added regarding wisdom. In today's hype about success, wisdom is conspicuous by its absence. Outside of biblical literature and biblically based books, we hardly even come across the word...

[Wisdom] may not give us great popularity and wealth and it may not mean that we will be the most respected in our field or that we will have the most significant voice in the company, but ultimately, as God gauges it, we will be successful.

                                                                 Living on the Ragged Edge 

My dear friends. This short devotional is an amazing revelation! What this devotional reveals to me and I hope and pray reveals to you that it is one thing to experience worldly success and it is an entirely different matter to experience success while apply godly wisdom. A specific verse comes to mind when I think about success of any kind without God's wisdom, guidance, and intervention. 

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own life? (Mark 8:36) 

The pursuit of success is a noble endeavor because many of us have the earnest desire (as Christians) to be a blessing to those that we end up collaborating with. The gravest danger in the pursuit of success is the strong likelihood that some of our essential relationships, values, and principles will be taken for granted and eventually forsaken. 

I want you (the reader) to think long and hard about the following question:

Once you have come to the realization that worldly success without godly wisdom will corrupt you and potentially negatively impact everything and everyone that is essential to you and your daily living, what will YOU do differently? 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you as you join me in this amazing journey on the path of GODLY WISDOM. JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-).