The Success Dilemma
Have you ever had those moments of being spoken against, and when you found out about it, everything in you cried “foul! That’s not true! I can list a dozen things about me that are pathetic or wrong, but that one is not one of them! That one---that one is something I did RIGHT! Why in the world would I be maligned for doing something right?!”
Or perhaps you are facing one of the many “-isms—” racism, sexism, ageism, schoolism, family sizeism (it’s a thing!)—those things that are a-moral, which are simply just part of you and your identity. I’m sure you can come up with your own list. We as humans are exceptionally gifted at finding the “–isms” that we encounter against ourselves.
Our sense of justice bristles. Our mind fixates. Our sleep runs away from us. And we cry out to God, “bring justice to me! Judge between me and -------” and we insert our own enemy-of-the-day.
Perhaps you have found yourself following the Lord, doing your best, and it seemed like things were going well. You could project out your destiny, it would seem, and it looked great. But as we all are familiar, apparent success breeds resentment and envy in others.
God gives us a clear picture of just such a contrast in Daniel’s story:
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.” Daniel 6:1-5
Halley Faville lives with her husband and children in their mountain home in Oregon.