The Secret of Success
“True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.” Proverbs 22:4
There has been many a book written and many seminars offered that point people to the secret of success in this life. In fact, quite a few of these authors and seminar presenters have become financially wealthy selling their strategies. However, I believe that there is so much more to this life than financial success and the real truth is that financial success will not translate beyond this life.
Proverbs 22:4 provides a different look at how to attain success according to God and also what fruits this type of Godly pursuit will yield. That verse tells us that the secret to success lies in two key elements. First, to possess a true humility. Where does that kind of humility come from? It comes from spending time with God daily, spending time in His Word, and allowing the Holy Spirit to daily live through us. When we seek God like that, we will not only begin to live for God and understand serving others but also we will no longer be focused on ourselves. More than that, we will be focused on bringing God glory and seeking none for ourselves.
Second, Proverbs 22:4 tells us that the other secret to success lies in the living out a fear of the Lord each day. In other words, to honor, esteem, revere, be in awe of, and glorify the Lord because of who He is. The secret here is to live with that mindset and heartbeat.
The writer of Proverbs goes on to explain that pursuing these two things will “ lead to riches, honor, and a long life.” By riches, I do not believe that he is referring to the world’s idea of riches. He is referring to the riches of God. Those riches being love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, and faith for example. This is an inheritance worthy of leaving our kids. Billy Graham once made a statement that echoes this thought when he said:
“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”
These two pursuits also lead to honor for one’s life. My heart’s desire is that I would live in such a way that my children will talk of me in terms of being a Godly man. I am a work in progress but that is an honor above all honors. What a privilege and honor for each of us to serve the one true living God.
Finally, these two pursuits lead to a long life according to this verse. I believe that one of the greatest privileges that we as believers can experience is being able to see the hand of God over the duration of our lives. I have been blessed by God to live long enough to see Him do so many things that only He could do.
Most people I know want to be a success in life. I pray that each of us will spend more time in God’s Word and seek out what He would have us pursue with our lives. I pray that we will seek His plan for our lives and then I am sure that we will find the sweetest of all successes.