God rewards faithful efforts, not just our worldly “successes”.
King David was denied his bid to build the temple but received God’s commendation. God told David, “Because it was in your heart to build a house for My name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless you shall not build the house”.
But the LORD said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless, you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’
(1 Kings 8:18-19)
Godly ideas, plans, and efforts are a delight to God even when His sovereign will does not allow their completion. The believer must pursue actions that glorify God and then leave the results to Him. We act and then “let Him do what seems good to Him”.
[1 Samuel 3:18, 2 Samuel 10:12, 15:26, 1 Chronicles 19:13]
Remember, God does not define success as we do.