Are there any Bible verses about success that show that God cares about:
- your career,
- how you do at school
- your hard work and graduation or even
- whether or not you become wealthy?
YES, there are.
And in addition to what the Bible says, from personal experience, I’ve often seen God get involved in the details of my life, even in my career.
I’ve found that God cares about our work, our education and our happiness, especially if we’re bringing praise to Him through our lives by not allowing anything to be more important than Him.
I can remember specific times God has given me direction on what to do next in my career, like the time He told me to move to Lebanon or the time He told me to write a book.
So, if you’re looking for direction from the Scriptures about success, take a look at the list below to find some inspiration and listen closely because you may sense God’s direction in your own life as you read!
What the Bible Teaches about Success
The first biblical principle we learn about success and what it means in God’s eyes is how He prioritizes it. He encourages us to first seek His kingdom and then from there, He will give us the other things we ask for. In fact, He makes our job simple. We’re supposed to focus on God and His kingdom, and He’ll add all the other stuff to our lives in an amazing way!
1. (Matthew 6:33): But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
The next principle of success is also about prioritising, however, instead of just telling us, like Matthew 6:33, this verse invites us into a lovely experience with God by tantalising us with the word, “Delight”.
This principle of biblical success prompts us to first find our happiness in God, and then He will give us the desires of our heart. Let’s check it out.
2. (Psalm 37:4-5): Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will do it.
If you want to challenge yourself to learn to really delight in God, you can check out the 14 Day Chocolate Challenge, which will use things you really enjoy, like chocolate and Nutella, to teach you how to really find joy in your relationship with God.
This next verse challenges us by saying the best way to have success in life is to first commit whatever you do to God.
3. (Proverbs 16:3): Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
So before you jump into your next project, dedicate it to God. Get Him involved at the front end and let Him help you have success in the outcomes.
The next verse talks about God’s generosity. It helps us change our perspective on God and how He thinks about us as He’s giving out gifts to us in answering our prayers.
4. (Matthew 7:9-11): Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7), because he is a cheerful giver. SO in approaching God and wondering how you should address your desire for success in your work, at school or in your relationship, remember that God is a generous God, who loves to give us good gifts.
Your success at work is a good gift that God wants to give you as you commit to God and His plan.
The next principle of prosperity and success in the Bible is all about how we communicate with God. It says,
5. (Matthew 7:7-8): Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
If there’s anything that’s concerning you, you should bring it to God, and He promises to provide for us.
So, make your requests known to God, while keeping in mind the principles we’ve just covered in the first few verses.
Now as we move on to the next principle, it takes us to a familiar character – David.
Throughout the Bible, we see many examples of people who were given favour with God and given success in their work, like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph (the whole family line was blessed!), Moses and Daniel and many others.
But when we come back to David, we see that he made some really big mistakes in his life, even still, he maintained his connection with God and had a heart that was constantly seeking God and His will.
As a result of this relationship, and David’s commitment to prioritising God in his life, we see that David developed into a man after God’s own heart, and God blessed him in what he did.
6. (I Samuel 18:5): So David marched out and prospered in everything Saul sent him to do, and Saul set him over the men of war. And this was pleasing in the sight of the people and Saul’s officers as well.
The Philistine commanders continued to go out to battle, and as often as they did, David met with more success than the rest of Saul’s officers, and his name became well known.
Now, do you think that David was the only army general who worked hard or had aspirations to accomplish something? Probably not.
But He was someone who prioritised his relationship with God, stood up for God and included God in His plans, and as a result, God blessed him.
This next principle is all about putting God at the foundation of all we do.
7. (Psalm 127: 1-2): Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.
So, if you came here wanting answers about whether or not God cares about your success, the answer, YES He does! But He cares most about your eternal success, and then He wants to add these other things to your life.
So, as you pursue your success, you need to make sure the foundation of the success is God. Because even if we work our absolute hardest but we’re not aligning our desires and goals with God’s desires and goals everything we do will be in vain.
The next verse is a great motivation when hard times and obstacles stand in your way.
- (Philippians 4:13): I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
This verse is the biggest encouragement as we know so many things can stand in our way as we’re trying to accomplish our goals. We know God will be there to help us through.
On a deeper level, this verse not only speaks of earthly success, but also talks about how God will guide us through challenging spiritual situations, when people are criticising or causing us to struggle because of our faith.
The next verse has been especially encouraging for me, especially during my career. Even though it wasn’t originally written for that purpose, there are moments God has used it to speak to me in my life.
- (Exodus 14:14): The Lord will fight for you, just stand still and watch.
When Moses started working for God as leader of the Israelites he told God upfront his limitations and how he felt inadequate to the do the job. In addition to God giving Moses help, through his brother Aaron, God promised to be with him. And sometimes in the middle of a battle, God is inviting us to simply stand still and He’ll take care of working things out for us. This verse should be an encouragement as you look for success in all you do.
- (Romans 8:31): If God is for you, who can be against you?
As you’re pursuing success in your career, at school or in relationships, always remember that God is on your side. As you move forward and get promotions, when you score the top score in class, there will always be people who are jealous of your success – people who don’t wish you the best. When you face these situations, don’t worry, because God is for you.
When it comes to success and your career, the way you trust God in this area of money, power and fame can reveal a lot about your heart.
11. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path
So often it’s so hard to trust God, especially when it comes to our careers. It seems like God wouldn’t care about something as worldly as our jobs, but we’re encouraged to trust God with all our heart in everything.
12. (Exodus 4:11-12): And the Lord said to Him, “Who gave man his mouth? Or who makes the must or the deaf, the sighted or the blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will help you as you speak and I will teach you what to say.”
When you’re worried about the skills you need to do the things you need to do, trust that God will provide you with the skills you need to be successful.
13. (Proverbs 3:9-10): Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your harvest; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
When you gain success, even just a little bit, you should honor God with whatever you have.
- (Proverbs 3:5-6): Trust in the LORD with all your heart,and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
As you’re pursuing your career or your education, continue to trust God and always credit him with your success. Trust that He will lead and guide you in the direction He wants you to go.
15. (Genesis 39:2-6): The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.
From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.
Even though Joseph was in a work situation he didn’t choose, God blessed him in his position as he did his best and it was obvious to his boss that God was with him. Your success should reflect well on God and it should be obvious to them by the work that you do.
16. (Deuteronomy 28:13): And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.
God made promises to the Israelites and these are the things
17. (1 Chronicles 22:13): Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the Lord charged Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and of good courage; do not fear nor be dismayed.
18. (Psalm 1:1-3): Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.When you walk in the way of God and delight in his law, He will bless you.
19. (Psalm 23:1): The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.What an amazing promise to picture that God is a shepherd and to think about how God will take care of us as if we were a little lamb in his care.
20. (Psalm 34:1): The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. God always promises to provide for us.
21. (Psalm 68:19): Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits.
Beautiful blessing that promises that the Lord will provide for us.
22. (Psalm 92:12): The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
God promises that you’ll succeed
23. (Philippians 4:19): And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
God will give you everything you need. God has everything and he’s so generous and he lavishes us wit
24. (James 1:17): Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
As God blesses your success, know that everything good comes from God.
25. (Proverbs 3:9-10): Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
There are success principles that exist within the Bible. As you ponder the idea of wealth, you must also think about what you’ll do when you are successful. Considering the first Bible verse we looked at that said, Honor God with the wealth you accumulate
When you’ve become successful, one great success principle is to honour God with your wealth. Don’t give God your leftovers, but give Him the first of what you have.
26. (Mark 11:223:24): Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
27. (Matthew 6:24): “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Chasing Money and Success
I had a great professor in University who taught us, “Don’t chase money, let money chase you”. He said if you become extremely good at what you do, reward and success will follow you so don’t pursue money and success, pursue expertise and proficiency so people seek our your expertise and in this way, the money chases you.
What are you chasing?
In all of this talk about success, we can’t forget that we need to focus on the most important thing, which is our relationship with God. Don’t get so caught up in chasing success that you end up serving it.
Yes! I definitely think God cares about us and our well-being. He cares about everything that pertains to our lives and He gets intimately involved in the details of our lives. He wants what’s absolutely best for us!
And a quick review of the stories in the Bible reveal a lot of details about their careers. From time to time we see the characters social status changing, God getting involved in their careers, intervening, providing direction and giving advice on work ethic. So, let’s dig deep into the Bible to get some guidance.
Even when we meet Adam, we see that God gave him a job to do – to name the animals and to tend to the garden in the Garden of Eden.
We know many of the biblical characters because of the work they did. Moses was a royal ruler, then a sheep herder and then a leader of a nation.
Jobs of Characters in the Bible
One thing we know is that we often meet characters in the Bible who were obviously blessed by God, and everyone could see it. They had stacks on stacks on stacks.
It seems like things like jobs, supporting families and making money are modern ideas that are part of our fast-paced society. What can the scriptures teach us about success?
Scriptures on Success
God blessed everything Abraham did