Wednesday, January 11

“God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect.”  2 Samuel 22:33

When you’re skilled at something, when things go your way, it’s easy to get caught up in your success.  We feel proud of our accomplishments; we see them at the result of study, hard work, practice, or our own natural talent.  When something good happens, we see it either as luck, or as the result of something we ourselves did.  We pat ourselves on the back, and generally so do other people.

I don’t mean to imply that there’s something wrong with being happy in these circumstances, but I do think we need to acknowledge God’s role in our lives and in the lives of others.  As James 1:17 says: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

David was known as a mighty warrior, a strong king, a talented musician and poet, and yet he never took credit for these things, at least as far as I know.  He always gave the credit and the glory to God.  He wasn’t a strong and mighty warrior; God was.  Things didn’t go his way because he was lucky, or made clever decisions; God was with him and made things go his way.  It was about God, not about him.

God gives people wonderful, amazing gifts.  Sometimes they take the form of certain skills, or talents in certain areas.  Other times His blessings take on a more tangible or material form.  These gifts should be acknowledged, and God’s blessings should be celebrated.  But we should first and foremost give praise and thanks to God; if it weren’t for Him, for His lovingkindness, we wouldn’t have these blessings in the first place.

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