It was impossible for Eliazar to fulfill the task. But Eliazar prayed for YHWH-God to give him success and success He did. (Genesis 24) What on earth does this have to do with us? I'm glad you asked:) The Hebrew root word for success is tav: good. The rabbinical thought for good is doing what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to do it, where you are supposed to do, how you are supposed to do it. So, one way to look at good, aside from doing what is right, is obedience. Put it together with the Hebrew contextual word for successful is yatav: to be good. The rabbinical thought is not just to do but to be; to be doing what you are supposed to do, when you are supposed to be, where you are supposed to be and how you are supposed to be.
So, what was the success of Eliazar, what did he ask the LORD-YHWH to do? He was asking the LORD-YHWH that He would make him be success. What a mindset. Think about it for a minute...if we were to think like Eliazar...success would not be doing something but being. Success would not be functional thinking but purposeful thinking. What is the success of you? You+success=the promotion? You+success= the position of CEO or employee of the month or student of the month? You+success=the funnest Mom/Dad/Aunt/Uncle/Grandparent? You+success= completing every task on your list in life. Not that these things are bad goals to have by any means. One of us could put ourselves in front of one of these scenarios, I know I certainly can for a few. But the good news is we don't have to in order to answer the equation of life...you+success=?.
Success would then be conditional on what we do or don't do, by works. And that is depressing, I fail all the time! We don't have to fail if we look at success as Eliazar did. All we do is be our best. That's it! As m I tell my babies when they practice or train, be your best and give it 110% and walk of the court or field knowing you left everything on it. Then you will be great! The first half of the equation a then becomes you+success=being your best.
Equation of life b then becomes success=?. Being. And being is: the presence of the Living God! Seriously look it up, the definition of being is existence and existence is having presence. True success is the subsistence of The Holy One! How cool is that...the literal support, the literal existence of The Creator-Designer-Originator is our being, our success. Breathe of fresh air!!! The measure of our success then becomes conditional on The One who can do all things, The One who can conquer any situation, The One who knows all already, The One who created it in entirety and The One who sustains all things. Take the weight off your shoulders:) As a Believer may this act as a fresh reminder.
Have a great week everyone!
Welcome! Marie is a wife, mother of two teens, and a fur baby. Marie and her family live in the north-central US. She is a homeschool Momma, avid outdoors man, and is disciplined in the study of Jewish and Christian Scriptures along with Hebrew and Greek dialect. Marie has been asked for years to share herself, so, welcome to Marie' life:)