Is God really key to my success? The answer is no.
In the book of Exodus God commanded Moses to go to Egypt and convince the king to let God’s people go. God even tells Moses that He will help Moses perform some miracles to demonstrate God’s power to the king. Well, when Moses was standing before the king God told him to throw down his stick and when he did his stick turned into a snake. Now in my head this is amazing. I’m picturing this happening and I’m just blown away at the thought of being there as this is happening. The king after seeing this called his wise men and told them to perform the same thing. Immediately I’m thinking there’s no way they can do this. I mean God just turned a stick into a snake! That’s literally impossible. You can’t fake that. But sure enough, in Exodus 7:12, the wise men threw down their sticks and they turned into snakes as well.
Imagine right now how Moses probably feels. Here he is standing there thinking he just witnessed something amazing done by God and then someone who doesn’t even believe in God performs the same miracle successfully.
Ever been there? How many times have you been obedient to God and witnessed Him do something amazing in your life and then that family member, friend, or person from work who doesn’t even know God experiences something just as amazing or greater? I’ve been there. And if I’m being honest, it tempts me to rely more on whatever that person is doing than what God is doing. But here’s the thing, success brought on by God is more sustainable than the success brought on by myself.
So the real question we need to ask is this: Is God key to my everlasting success? YES!
If we continue to read Exodus 7:12 we see that the snake the wise men mad appear was swallowed up by the one Moses made appear. Don’t ever think that you will have more success without God.
46 Why do you keep on saying that I am your Lord, when you refuse to do what I say? 47 Anyone who comes and listens to me and obeys me 48 is like someone who dug down deep and built a house on solid rock. When the flood came and the river rushed against the house, it was built so well that it didn’t even shake. 49 But anyone who hears what I say and doesn’t obey me is like someone whose house wasn’t built on solid rock. As soon as the river rushed against that house, it was smashed to pieces! (Luke 6:46-49)
As a follower of Christ, you will experience and witness some amazing things from God. You will also see people who aren’t followers of Christ experience amazing things also. Don’t let that discourage you or sway you. Continue to believe in what God is doing in your life and take pride in knowing that when the storm comes you and all that God has done will still be standing.