The Guilt of Success

Genesis 24:42-“So today when I came to the spring, I prayed this prayer: ‘O Lord God of my master, Abraham, please give me success on this mission’.” (New Living Translation)

Herbert Bowen, Jr.  Voices Against the Grain Devotional Writer

Herbert Bowen, Jr.
Voices Against the Grain Devotional Writer

Success, a.k.a. the accomplishment of one’s goals, is a feature of life we all have prayed about. However, when we pray for success, why is the residue of guilt prevalent within our minds? For Eliezer, servant of Abraham wanted to make his master proud by carrying out his wishes to find a wife for Isaac, (Abraham’s son.) Therefore, he solicited the help of God to complete the mission. What have we learned? Well, we see that Eliezer’s motives were kind. We see that his motives were rooted in faith. We see that his want of success was not purely for gain, but for the happiness of others. Thus, what goals do you have for your life? Is it spiritually driven, or is it fueled by the gas of selfishness to keep the motor running? Hence, reach high toward your aspirations and God will bless them when the motives align with His will.


About Herbert G. Bowen, Jr.

Born in King of Prussia, Pa., Herbert G. Bowen Jr., accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at the tender age of 5. An active member of the Central Church of God in Charlotte, N.C. where he resides, Herbert serves as a youth/discussion group leader, where he has preached and taught Sunday school, as well  as Wednesday night service. In addition, he has preached at Second Baptist Church in Pottstown, Pa., Destiny City Church in Salisbury, N.C. Moreover, Herbert serves on the pureHOPE advisory board, where his commitment to “wait until marriage” fits perfectly with PureHope’s mission to bring a Christian solution to an immoral culture. Finally, Herbert through the will of God writes weekly devotionals to combat the decreasing morality in the 18-30 age group a.k.a., “the transition gap.” This is an effort to re-introduce Jesus Christ to this spiritually starved generation. His devotionals go out to 2,000+ people and continues to grow under the Lord’s watchful eye.  He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Business Management.

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