Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
You are not adequately prepared for the future you want to see unless you have been trained for it.
David’s defeat of Goliath was no coincidence, his encounter with the lion and the bear had prepared him to fight difficult battles. Joshua filling the role as leader of the Children of Israel, after the death of Moses, was seamless because he was being trained by Moses as a possible successor. Jesus spent three years mentoring his disciples because he wanted to ensure that they were fully prepared to take the gospel throughout the entire world after he was gone.
The examples cited above act as a reminder that success must be learnt. It will not come naturally; if that was the case everyone would attain it. The reason why we are not naturally inclined to succeed is because as Psalm 51 states we were all born slaves to sin. The implication of this is that we were born predisposed to failure. The only way to overcome the predisposition to fail is to do as Isaiah 1:17 says, learn to do well; that will result in a complete retaining of your mind.
Success can sometimes seem out of reach. That perspective will be completely eroded when you acquire the knowledge needed to create your success. Therefore, rather than get discouraged about past failed attempts, ensure that you are adequately prepared for the future you want by investing in acquiring knowledge.
Life Application: Prepare for the future you want to see by making a list of, and acquiring the knowledge needed to make your leap to the next level.
Prayer: Lord help me to see that my circumstances train me for the future. Teach me the lessons that you want me to learn that will contribute to me living a successful life in you. In Jesus’s name, amen.