There are many things that people are trying to get that they think will show that they have been successful. Some people think that if you earn a great deal of money that the pleasure you can get from that would mean success. Others think that the more people that know who you are bring success. Some think that the number of degrees you have earned in college or university means you are successful. Others think that the amount of people you can call a friend equals success. As I grow older, success has changed in my mind many times. Today I read a verse that reminded me of what I think God sees success as in our lives.
We are introduced to a man named Obededom, in I Chronicles 13. In this chapter, the story is told of the children of Israel bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Israel. Instead of carrying the Ark the way God had given instruction to carry it, a new cart was used drawn by two oxen. Uzza (one of the men driving the cart) reached out to steady the Ark when it shifted on the cart, and he was instantly killed. David then refused to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, but instead placed it in the home of Obededom.
Obededom and his family experienced great blessing because of the Ark being in their home (I Chronicles 13:14). When David decided to bring it back to Jerusalem, Obededom decided to up-root his family and follow the Ark to Jerusalem (I Chronicles 16:5). He left all he had known to remain close to the presence of God. Some probably criticized his decision; some probably thought he had become some kind of radical person; some may have told him he was not needed in Jerusalem. None of that mattered to Obededom … he wanted his family to be near the Ark of the Covenant. Because of his decision to move his family to stay with the Ark, look at what God did for him: “All these of the sons of Obededom: they and their sons and their brethren, able men for strength for the service, were threescore and two of Obededom” (I Chronicles 26:8). Did you catch that? Obededom’s family continued to be men of strength to serve the Lord. You will also notice that sixty-two of his family members were named as faithful workers. I want to have this kind of success in my life and the life of my family. It will only happen as I remain close to the presence of God. Decide today to stay in His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to change you.
“One good father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert