“For promotion and exaltation comes not from the east or the west, nor from the south. It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall.” – Psalm 75:6-7
Do you wish to succeed in life? Don’t boast about your own merits and future plans. It is God who ultimately decides. He alone can lift you up or bring you down.
Unless it is God’s will, the best-laid goals and strategies will come to nothing. The Bible tells us to pray about everything, acknowledge Him in all our ways, and commit all into God’s hands. If our concepts and preparations are unsuccessful, rest assured that they were never meant to be. Trusting God means that He has to have the last word in whatever we do, because He knows what is best for us.
How arrogant and contriving it is for us to leave God out of our plans! How vain it is to look for any thing good to turn out without God’s blessing and guidance!
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that. As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.” – James 4:14-16
Matthew Henry writes, “Our times are not in our own hands, but at the disposal of God. Our heads may be filled with cares and contrivances for ourselves, or our families, or our friends; but Providence often throws our plans into confusion. All we design, and all we do, should be with submissive dependence on God. It is foolish, and it is hurtful, to boast of worldly things and aspiring projects; it will bring great disappointment, and will prove destruction in the end.”
We can rest assured that God loves us and wants to bestow the best gifts.
But not everything we contrive is the right course of action. We must ask ourselves, “Is this just a good idea, or is it a God idea?” Every good and perfect gift, blessing, and promotion comes from above, from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning (James 1:17).
Do you want to be exalted and successful in whatever you do? Learn to humble yourself and pray as Jesus prayed, “Father, not my will, but your will be done.”
There is a God, and a divine plan for us, and things happen not by chance. Men forget that all things are ordained in heaven. The Lord reigns evermore. He puts down one, and sets up another. He is at work behind the scene of our lives. The foolish dream that He is not, but He is near even now. Pray and patiently wait for things to come to pass, not in our own timing, but in His.
– Luis Josephus