A devotion based on Deuteronomy 29.1-30.20

I haven’t been in a bookstore that much ever since I got my iPad but I had to go to the Periplus in MKG last month to buy something for Eve’s birthday. And I am glad I went there because I was reminded of a very important thing in that bookstore: everybody wants to be successful.

I saw books that promise to turn their readers into successful managers, business owners, and leaders. Other books promise to turn you into better parents, designers, students, travelers, dog owners, etc. These books are teaching the readers the ultimate techniques to manage their time, finances, stress, and even relationships. Different writers from different professional and educational background are promising their readers the same thing: if you do this, you will be successful.

Before we go on, for those of you who are reading this online and have never met me before, let me assure you: I am not a fundamentalist Christian. I have read (or listened to) many non-Christian books in my life. I plan to read a lot more before God calls me home. To tell you the truth, there were quite a few books in that bookstore that have blessed me with compelling insights – insights that I have used for sermon illustrations on Sunday mornings. So no, I am not against reading non-Christian books. On the contrary, I want to encourage everyone to read more.

But having said all that, I have to remind you this one important truth. The key to a successful Christian life is in God’s hand.

If you read Deuteronomy 28, you will see that God wants to bless us in every aspect of our life. When you get the chance to examine the whole Bible, you will see that God has given us many principles, rules, and stories that will give us the wisdom necessary to be successful in all these things. I obviously don’t have the time and space necessary here to explain every single one of these biblical wisdoms. So let me just summarize it for you: be faithful to God and his ways and you will be successful.

So again, go read as much as you want. Learn every single thing you can that will help you be better at what you do. Just remember that in the end, our lives are in God’s hand. Be faithful to him and his ways and he will bless you. That’s a promise.