Failure and Success

Day 365

Prayer for the day

Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another. Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, from age to age you are God.

Scripture for the day

Malachi 1-4, Revelation 22

The end of each Testament bears witness to success, and to failure. The end of the First Testament, the book of Malachi, bears witness to the failure of the people of God to adequately worship their God. They fail to sacrifice properly, fail to pray properly, fail to intercede properly. They do not call out to God properly, nor do they understand how God desires them to live.

Their failure is ultimately a misunderstanding of what success truly is: success, according to Malachi, is faithfulness. Success is refusing to search elsewhere for the relationship that God has established with the people of Israel. Success is living as God’s people, according to God’s desires. Success is becoming the people God created them to be.

There are a few, says Malachi, who will remain, a few who will be the faithful remnant, who will be the ones who will succeed according to God’s benchmark. They will succeed by loving God and one another.

In the book of Revelation, defines failure clearly. Failure belongs to those those who “practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” Failure belongs to the people who have refused to follow the law of God.

Success, according to John, belongs to the one who is faithful to God. Success belongs to the one who worships God. Success belongs to the one who follows Christ, who remains true to the end, to the one who belongs to God.

On this, the last day of the year, will you choose to be one who succeeds, or will you succumb to failure? The choice is yours.