No one wants to fail. We want to be successful, don’t we? What does success look like? As I study Scripture, I am realizing that my definition of success is not the same as God’s definition. In Numbers 20, we see Moses providing water to a thirsty congregation. In verse 11 Moses strikes the rock twice and “water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their livestock.” SUCCESS — Mission Accomplished! Through Moses’ leadership, there was abundant water for the Israelites. I’m sure everyone was praising God and Moses. To God, however, Moses’ saving act was a complete failure. God says, “Because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land that I have given them” (12). Because of Moses’ lack of faith, he didn’t get to enter the promised land. Human success was failure to God. We are often tempted to please those around us at the cost of not believing in God’s teachings. Let us not abandon the truth for the sake of temporary praise. Let us succeed for God and hear him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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