How Do I Know If It’s Success or Being Blessed?

Do you ever wonder why God seems to ‘bless’ the proudest of people? Does it ever disturb you that the most successful are at times the biggest scoundrels?

God can still accomplish great things through proud people, and He at times even blesses the work of the pompous. However, we shouldn’t necessarily equate success with honor. Popularity is not the same as blessing. The Scriptures say it this way:

Proverbs 18:12 Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.

Any one of us can find ourselves in the midst of notoriety and accomplishment yet still miss out on the joy, peace, and gratitude that accompanies true honor from God. In the Hebrew language this Old Testament word for honor poetically refers to the soul of humanity. It’s not a reference to our outward performance but rather our heart’s well-being.

I am incredibly grateful that God is gracious to the proud, among whom I am first. However, if a person is inwardly rotting away from pride they are not experiencing the blessing of God, no matter how popular or successful their life may seem to be.

The pathway to true honor always come through humility. A heart that is being cultivated for God is always an indicator of true blessing. So I am asking myself these kind of questions…

1. Do I experience joy in God’s blessings?
OR Do I constantly crave more, bigger, and better?

2. Do I fully acknowledge the hand of God in everything (good and bad)?
OR Do I only focus on circumstances and situations?

3. Do I use my platform to point to Christ?
OR Do I try to take the credit?

4. Do I have a spirit of gratitude?
OR Do I constantly criticize & complain?

5. Do I have a continuing commitment to my personal/private spiritual formation?
OR Do I neglect ‘practicing what I preach’?

Paul sums up these ideas best in this passage…
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


6 thoughts on “How Do I Know If It’s Success or Being Blessed?

  1. As someone who hs been battling a fatal illness for 6 years, and in the process has lost my career, my income, my friends and some family, and even help from the medical community….

    one of my greatest pet peeves is when people who seem to be handed everything on a silver platter and their lives sail along beautifully go around shouting , “I am so blessed!”.
    Does this mean that I’m not? Does this mean God must love them more and therefore blesses them? I pray. I pray all the time. I guess I don’t pray right. they seem to have all of their prayers answered with just one request. Me? I get on my face and feels like my soul bleeds from desperation…..and all I get is silence.

    But what REALLY gets me down is when these people who are so highly blessed turn their backs on people like me who have so very little. I watched family members say, “I’m so blessed!”, but these people turned their backs on me when I got sick. they have not lifted one finger to help or given one single word of encouragement.

    But then God continues to bless them while I fall further and further on my face.

    • PS, I am praying for your health battle, and for God’s supernatural touch on your life. Health or lack thereof is NOT an indication that you are or are not blessed by God. Paul had his thorn in the flesh, and God chose not to deliver him. I love your words describing prayer as your ‘soul bleeds from desperation’ and I understand the pain when it seems that God is silent. Don’t give up, don’t stop falling on your face before him and keep your eyes on him and not on other people and their responses. People will fail us, God never leaves or forsakes us, even if at times it feels like he has. Praying for a move of God and faith to trust Him…

  2. Christ is surely using you to do great work. Reading this to my kids right now and having a great conversation. God is good and I love the discovery of Him through my kids eyes.

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