Before you read on, I want you to acknowledge the fact that you are not perfect.
Hosea is quickly becoming my favorite prophet. There are a myriad of little gems hidden inside his writing and today is no exception. After expounding on Ephraim’s turn away from idols (a great deal of the prophet’s life is spent on idolatry and matched up with Hosea’s own unfaithful wife) we are offered this statement:
Let him who is wise understand these things;
let him who is prudent know them.
Straight are the paths of the LORD,
in them the just walk,
but sinners stumble in them.
Now a lot of people will read this and feel righteous. They’ll feel like life is great for those who follow the Lord. They’ll feel like things are going to be ‘okay’ if they just believe in God. This is wrong. Worldly prosperity is no part of God’s plan. No part.
Read that passage again and think back to the first thing I called you to acknowledge. Now, are you walking God’s path, or stumbling through it? Understand, you aren’t going to walk the whole way along God’s path. Even if you did, it wouldn’t look like success to the world, remember the only just person to ever walk the path ended up a man condemned to die.
Stumbling isn’t the problem. Staying down is. Truly successful people have understood that for ages. To succeed at God’s path, doesn’t mean every step is a victory. It just means you will continue to get up and follow it to the end.