What a dangerous thing to seek happiness in the things of the world. Do you not know that the whole world is under a curse? Whatever--WHATEVER you seek in the world . . . either to fulfill or satisfy you . . . to bring you happiness and peace . . . edification . . . is DOOMED to fail. It is cursed. A curse is put upon any and every thing in and of the world. There is only one Subject of pursuit that brings no curse, no taint. And this is a living Person--THE first Person of all persons.
A common trick of the (fallen) mind is to think, "I can go after the world . . . so long as I have God in it! You CAN have both so long as God is first and all things are done for His glory. Then I can seek all the world I wish!"
But you "do not put new wine into old skins". This is a lie, a deceit, a trick of the devil. All you are doing is chasing the world same as ever, but putting a "God"-gloss on it. It is the same old lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, pride of life" claiming to be for the glory of God . . . but it is all vanity and for the self. Less depraved is the man who goes after the world and simply admits it and makes no claims to "higher" or "godly" purposes. When Jesus was at His most ferocious, it was toward religious hypocrisy (Matt. 23:13-29).
And the greater the good of the world . . . that you attain . . . the greater the potential for curse and depravity. A poor man can only do so much with the few means he has got. But a wealthy, powerful, "successful" man or woman . . . now has many avenues through which to sin and blaspheme the Lord! Now they can affect a much larger group of people with their wicked ways, compounding the judgment and wrath of God upon their heads.
In this world, for the most part, it is a blessing from to God to be thwarted in worldly success--to be of meager and humble means. Given the wealth, power and opportunity . . . nearly all, if not all of us would be just as sinful and perverse (if not more) as are the leading corrupt personalities of the day we see before us. God preserves and protects His elect . . . to keep them from the opportunity of much accomplished sin. Woe to those who seem to have nothing but open doors and paved roads, where worldly success seems to follow in their wake and bow down before them. This is usually but a sign that the devil is being given full sway to take such away with him to his place of torment. Such people get their "heaven" now, for a short time, while on earth . . . but then comes the eternity of damnation.
Better off by far . . . is the one who suffers in this world, but whose heaven awaits on the other side.
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Gal. 6:9
"Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him
who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked
schemes. Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated--it can only bring harm. For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the LORD will inherit the land. " Psalm 37:7-9