The Deadly Rewards of “Success”

Success can be a very dangerous and complicated matter. We should strive to be successful in all our endeavors, shouldn’t we? But the manner in which that success is measured and the means by which it is attained hits at the core meaning of true greatness. Often times what we see as success, God may view as failure—completely opposed to His plan. How can we tell? How can we measure true greatness?

This week at Redeemer we will be considering David, King of Israel and Judah from 2 Samuel 4-5. We will see a misguided attempt at success as Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, is murdered in pre-meditated fashion. What is more telling is that his killers bring his head to David expecting a reward. They receive a reward alright, but I don’t think it was what they were expecting. Where does your path of “success” lead? What reward are you expecting?

So, what is David’s secret to success? Does he possess uncanny leadership qualities, a driven, can-do attitude? Our answer comes in 2 Samuel 5:10: And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him. This truth has defined David and will continue to do so throughout his life. It is evident when he goes to battle and when he protects the Lord’s anointed and their families. However, this does not mean that David’s life is without deception or sin, as we will see this week and in coming weeks as well.

What effect does success have on your life? Can you identify ways in which God has directed your path? What reward awaits you? Join us this Sunday as we beseech the Lord of Hosts for His presence and guidance.


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