“At that time Abimelech and Phicol the commander of his army said to Abraham, "God is with you in all that you do.” Genesis 21:22
Abimelech was king of a land called Garar, which Abraham passed through. In Genesis 20, we learn that he is God-fearing man. Abimelech looked at Abraham’s life and saw the marks of a successful person in his time: extensive livestock, tons of people traveling with him, an abundance of money. He saw Abraham’s success and gave the credit to God.
A reality displayed in this verse is that God truly is the one who hands out success. This means any power, money, or reputation that anyone has- believer or non-believer -is due to God’s provision. Think of someone you know who is influential or wealthy. They got that from God. We can get uneasy with this concept as we see people who disregard God prosper. But even their success is from God. Their success may be a judgement; they are being turned over to the desires of their flesh, receiving their “reward” and “good things” on earth alone. Their success may be a blessing; they may come to faith in Jesus Christ and one day glorify God for His provision.
A second reality we can see in this verse is that our faithfulness with our resources can cause others to give the credit to God. This matters because the single greatest outcome of anything in our lives is that God would receive glory. Abraham wasn't perfect, but perhaps the way he lived his life and stewarded his resources guided Abimelech’s assessment of Abraham’s influence. It would be so good for our souls to live in such a way that God gets credit for our success. Willingness to give and take risks for God, as well as a healthy balance of work to rest, are all marks of faithfulness in success.
Ask yourself how you really view success. Do you believe that it is only from God? Ask God to bless you with success in this life for his glory and to show you how to be faithful in any success you have.