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As we experience life, we each develop a framework within which to operate. This framework is practical and useful, but it can also block us from God the Father, who is the source of success. Through Him, we are to be a “new creation”. God can side-step our physical framework to facilitate that process.
Our joint effort with God to become a “new creation” is for the purpose of glorifying God. He gave us skills and talents, with a view to creating kings, priests, and members of His eternal family. So God is always available to us to help perfect our capabilities in service of His purpose. Success, in this way, is a command. God is not limited in His power to provide an environment for this growth.
There will be times when we are doing everything God requires, but everything in this world seems set against us. It is very easy to give up. No matter the observable circumstances, if we persevere in faith, God will open a way to advance us and demonstrate His power. Everything that Joseph did, in tribulation and exultation, coalesced to glorify God. His actions also helped the people of Egypt, the surrounding nations, and God’s people Israel in a time of famine.
Our success in this life is determined by how closely we align ourselves with the will of God the Father. We are required to develop our skills and abilities for the benefit of others and the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 5:15 – law – movement – success – 1 Peter 4:7 – new creation – talents – skills – Genesis 39 – Joseph – Potiphar – Pharos – Genesis 41:33-37 – perseverance