Without God's instructions, Joshua would have failed at leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. The first instruction was to "be strong and of good courage" (Joshua 1:6). Next, he was to continually meditate on the Book of the
Law, and finally, he was to do everything it said. As long as Joshua followed these instructions, God promised him good success" (Joshua 1 :8; cf. Psalm 1:2).
God's recipe for success can work for us too, but His idea of success has little to do with money, popularity, or even good health.
In the original Hebrew, the phrase "then you will have good success" means "then you will act wisely" (see Strong's 7919, 1.
Just as God called Joshua to walk in wisdom, He wants us to "walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise" (Ephesians 5:1 5).
As we feast on God's word, and obey Him, we have a recipe for good success that's better than anything the world defines as success.
Like most people who cook, I have a favorite food recipe handed down from my mother — salmon croquettes. The recipe is sure-fire — if you follow the directions exactly. However, if you omit some ingredients and substitute others, the end result won't be too tasty.
Spiritually speaking, the apostle Peter has provided us a sure-fire recipe for effective Christian living. The two main ingredients God provides, are His divine power and His precious promises that we attain through an active and obedient faith (2 Peter 1:3-4; cf. James 1:21-25; James 2:14-24). Then Peter lists other ingredients that we must add to our faith: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love (2 Peter 1:5-7). If we include each of these ingredients, we'll not be unfruitful, nor will we stumble in our walk with the Lord (2 Peter 1 :8).
However, anyone who omits the above ingredients is shortsighted, even blind, & "has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins" (2 Peter 1:9). Brethren, let's never change God's ingredients for effective Christian living and then blame His recipe when things go wrong, but let us diligently follow His instructions to the letter (2 Peter 0; 2 Timothy 2:15 ASV), assuring our s iritual success.