When King David was about to die, he gave his son Solomon the following advice: “Do what the ADONAI your ELOHIYM commands and follow his teachings. Obey everything written in the Law of Moses. Then you will be a success, no matter what you do or where you go” (1 Kings 2:3). Notice that David didn’t tell his son to build up his kingdom with great armies or to gather wealth from other lands or to defeat his enemies in battle. Instead, his formula for success was to follow YAHUAH and obey Him. When Solomon became king, he didn’t ask the ADONAI for wealth and power, but for wisdom and discernment in order to lead YAHUAH ’s people. YAHUAH was pleased by this request and granted it, giving Solomon a wise and understanding heart, more than any man had ever had before. He also gave Solomon the things he didn’t ask for—riches and honor among men (1 Kings 3:1-14). Solomon took his father’s advice to heart, at least for most of his reign, and reflected on it in his writing in Proverbs: “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of YAHUAH and man” (Proverbs 3:1-4).
YAHUSHA reiterated this teaching in the New Testament when He declared which is the greatest commandment: “Love the ADONAI your ELOHIYM with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:30-31). Loving YAHUAH means obeying Him and keeping His commandments (John 14:15, 23-24). The first step in this process is accepting the free gift of eternal life offered by YAHUSHA HA’MASHIACH (John 3:16). This is the beginning of true success. When the gift is received, transformation begins. The process is accomplished, not by human will, but by YAHUAH’s Holy Spirit (John 1:12-13). How does this happen, and what is the result? It happens first through trusting the ADONAI and obeying Him. As we obey Him, He transforms us, giving us a completely new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17). As we go through trouble and hard times, which the Bible calls “trials,” we are able to endure with great peace and direction, and we begin to understand that YAHUAH uses those very trials to strengthen our inner person (John 16:33; James 1:2). In other words, trouble in life does not cause us to fail, but to walk throug