Yes, we've done it. We've taken something that was meant for God's glory and gotten puffed up about it. Maybe it was a promotion at work, or maybe we were given an opportunity to be an officer in God's house.
Or maybe it's just that we had children who did well in school or we're just going through a smooth spot in our lives.
God blessed us so that we could give Him the glory. And all the honor. And all the praise. But.
We didn't do it. We used it for self-praise. "Look at me. Look at what I've accomplished!"
As if we can do anything by ourselves.
My friend, we have such shallow memories. When we're going through our hard times we remember God. We call on Him repeatedly to save us and to be merciful unto us. But when He blesses us, we want to take credit for His work.
"I worked hard for this promotion." Or we start thinking that the church position is for our own benefit. Or "the children did well because of my efforts."
Oh how quickly we forget that without God we can do nothing (John 15:5).
Our key text reminds us that we need to give God all the glory. Because no matter how mighty or powerful we are, God is still greater because He draws the mighty away with His power. And not only that, none of us are sure of life.
The very breath that flows through our lungs come from God and He can take it back any time He chooses. Do we need another reason to serve Him?
God is All-Powerful. There is no other god like Him, He kills and He makes alive. He heals and He wounds (Deuteronomy 32:39). Who can save himself from God's hand? Not even the mightiest of men.
Lord, I place myself into Your hand. Here I am. Use me. I am nothing of myself. Use me for Your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Job 24:22 is a very powerful verse. Share with us how the verse helps to put your life into perspective.