In Scripture the word ‘success’ simply means knowing and doing God’s will for your life. It’s that simple! For Joshua, success meant entering the Promised Land, conquering it, living there, and enjoying all its blessings every day.
Listen to what God told him: ‘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. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and… you will have good success.’ (Joshua 1:7–8 NKJV) True success involves these three things:
(1) Becoming what God wants you to be.
(2) Doing what God wants you to do.
(3) Having what God wants you to have.
And as you achieve the goals He has set for your life, you become successful. As the renowned author Dale Carnegie once observed, ‘Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.’ In their endless quest for achievement, some people become so greedy and grasping that they are never satisfied. And because they are always wanting more, they fail to enjoy what God has already given them.
Real success isn’t a destination; it’s a journey. It’s joy created by progress. It’s knowing that you’re ‘on schedule’ when it comes to God’s assignment for your life.