Links Daily Devotional

Will I Succeed?, Part 10

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8, ESV)

When God spoke to Joshua of “good success,” what did He mean?

Military victory. Moving into uncharted territory and possessing a land filled with “milk and honey.” Building “goodly houses” and living in them.

Yes, but He meant more.

Tiger Woods certainly has had more success than any golfer over the past twenty years, winning three USGA Junior Championships, three USGA Amateur Championships and three U.S. Open Championships. Plus eleven other majors and seventy-one PGA Tour victories. Plus his money winnings and endorsements purported to be around $1000 million. That’s right, one billion dollars!

Tiger is rightly applauded for his amazing achievements and good success in golf.

I’ve often pondered what kind of success it would take to be the undisputed greatest golfer of all time? What would be the Big Win? I don’t know. But I do know what the Big Loss in life would be.

In one of His most stinging statements, Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the PGA Tour Bible study with my long-time friend Larry Moody who, along with Dave Krueger, has been a spiritual guide for hundreds of Tour pros over a period of 31 years. I sat with joy with about 25 pros and caddies as Larry opened the Scriptures.

I caught myself thinking back 46 years to that first study with five pros when the Tour came to Philadelphia in June of 1965. Many pros have come and gone since then. Actually the numbers are in the thousands. Whom do I remember as having good success—success from God’s viewpoint?

When I think of men who’ve had that good success, I think of men like Larry Nelson, of whom I wrote last month, or Bernhard Langer, or Tom Lehman. But there are numerous others, some you may have heard of, some you have not.

Solomon, the wisest and wealthiest man on earth during his reign as king of Palestine, invested over a billion dollars (if you calculate the cost of gold he used at today’s prices) in building the temple in Jerusalem. Among his proverbs, he wrote: “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1).

So what does this proverb teach us about “good success?”

That it means possessing a good name. Being esteemed.

And even more important: Not climbing the wrong ladder—a ladder that may lead to financial success, even becoming the greatest player of all time, but a ladder that might risk losing one’s soul.

Jim Hiskey

October 24, 2011

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