Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. (Joshua 1:6, 7 NKJV)

A survey of the people in scripture and the things they did will immediately reveal a subtle truth; the men and women who did extraordinary things in scripture were not extraordinary in themselves, they were ordinary people who were taking their cues from God.

Their secret was in their obedience to God’s direction, not in their personal strength or individual ability to accomplish great things. Each time they acted on God’s direction they were sure to succeed, but when they did not follow God’s lead, they either failed or on rare occasions succeeded still, but whether they succeeded or failed in the act, they failed ultimately in God. Moses succeeded in bringing water from the rock eventhough he hit instead of talking to the rock, but it cost him dearly.

We must understand though that in the matter of godliness, we are not talking about succeeding, we are talking about succeeding well. The scripture calls it “good success.” And the thing about good success is that it doesn’t depend on what the world sees as success or failure.

Joseph, in taking his cues from God was sold into slavery, convicted wrongly and imprisoned. But that was a perfect path to the position of Egyptian prime minister and savior of the world from hunger. David too, in following God’s lead was driven out of his home country to live like an outcast, have his ordeal lengthened bacause he did something the world would have considered as weakness; letting his enemy live when he could have struck him dead in his sleep. He took the insult of a drunken nobody, danced almost naked like a mad man before the whole of Israel, but then he danced into the throne of Israel and became Israel’s strongest earthly king ever.

The position of gods on earth are reserved for those who are comfortable appearing foolish, weak, stupid, lacking in self will and personal voice in the eyes of the world. These are the ones that succeed in everything they do and everywhere they go, because when one is in alignment with God, even every single failure in the eyes of the world is success in God. The world confuses haste with speed and struggle with strength. Join me again tomorrow for the true meaning of strength.


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