Eric Speir

Thrive In Your Faith and Family

Avoiding The Pitfalls of Personal Success

Most people rarely see any danger in trying to be successful. We’re in such a hurry to achieve it that we rarely give any thoughts as to how it can be dangerous in our lives.

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In the Old Testament there’s a story of a king who was very successful in everything he undertook. In fact, Israel prospered under him more than any other previous king. Solomon was the richest king, but he taxed the people to death; while Uzziah did a fantastic job of prospering the nation as a whole.

In fact there’s one scripture that illustrates the reason for his success:

He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success. 2 Chronicles 26:5

The secret to King Uzziah’s success was his humility. His humility in seeking God attracted the favor and blessings of God upon his life. Uzziah was young when he was made king and he realized he couldn’t do it on his own; so he had a prophet (spiritual authority figure) in his life and he sought God on a consistent basis. As long as he kept seeking the Lord the more successful he became.

The problem was that he allowed his success to suffocate his humility. We must be careful because when God begins to bless our lives and ministry that we don’t think it is something we did on our own. Evidently, this happened to Uzziah:

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. 2 Chronicles 26:16

Success without humility breeds destruction. [Tweet that!]

How do we cultivate humility in our lives?

  1. Admit you don’t have all the answers.
  2. Admit it when you make a mistake.
  3. Seek godly counsel in your life.
  4. Take responsibility for your mistakes.
  5. Give credit to where credit is due. (Acknowledge God and others who have helped you.)

It’s sad that his life started off so well, but didn’t end well. We get the benefit of learning from his mistakes.

Question: What can you do to give God more credit in your life?

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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2 Replies

  1. At first, I was stopped. How could I give more credit to God in my life? Don’t I share that He’s the one who gives me the words for my poetry? Don’t I mention if it wasn’t for God I would have nothing to say? And then it hit me. If God is the one who gives me the words then they are His and I’m to share them. When others take those words I need to remember He is sovereign even in that. And I need to trust Him to deal with things instead of worrying.

    Good post, Eric. Made me think through this.

    1. Eric

      Indeed, our words are really His words given to us. The hard part is trusting that he knows what’s best with them. I guess this is the great tension of being a writer. Once we publish them to the world, we have to trust God with the results.

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