Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Does God Promise Success?

Does God promise we will be successful in what we try to do for God? This is not quite the same question as whether God promises happiness. We can imagine a person who has a life of great struggle and hardship, but nonetheless is successful in the task they set out to accomplish. Now God does assure us that we are victorious, but that is from His perspective (2 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 8:37; 1 John 5:4). It does not necessarily guarantee success as we see it. Jeremiah preached long, with tears, to the people of Judah and met with almost no success. Rather, we should trust God that if we are honestly trying to follow Him, He will use what we do to accomplish His purposes (Ephesians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 3:5,6; Romans 8:28). But it may not look like what we call success. 

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