He deserves all the glory
Psalms 115 vs 1 “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to your name give glory, because of your mercy, because of your truth.”
We live in a world where people live in such a way that they believe they are in total control of their destiny. It’s often easier to bury your head in the sand and believe this lie.
The average human being is egoistic and therefore firmly believes that the net effect of all the decisions they make is the resultant outcome they may be experiencing. They are quick to take on the perspective that they make things happen and that because of these great choices and the ability they have, they can firmly conclude that they have been endowed beyond the capacity of the normal human being.
I am sure you have often heard people boldly say in pride, “I am the man”, attributing their being and supposed success to themselves. It’s easy to assume that one is solely responsible for the things that occur in their life, including the good fortune and blessings that often come along and the misfortune that sometimes follows. The truth, however, is rather sobering, though you may have the gift of choice and the ability to think, God is ultimately responsible for the life that is you.
During the journey from Israel to Canaan, the children of Israel encountered many problems before they got to the Promised Land. They had gone for some time without water so they began to quarrel with Moses their leader, “Why did you bring us from Egypt to this place where we have lost our livestock and everything we own? It would have been better for us to die than be here.”
Moses and his brother Aaron then petitioned the Lord. The glory of the Lord appeared and Moses was commanded to take his rod and strike the rock. Water then began to flow and the problem was averted. Rather than give glory to the Lord, Moses then said, “listen you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” The Lord was angered by this and said to Moses, because of this you will not bring the nation into the land I have promised.
The lesson to be learnt is that when things happen in our lives we must never take credit for the things God will have done for us. Through this act of taking credit for God’s work in our life, we sometimes take from the blessings we were scheduled to receive. Our acts of indiscipline, as prescribed by our egos, may sometimes prevent us from enjoying the full measure of what the Lord will have intended for us.
The God we serve works on the basis of principles and He has clearly defined them. Should we choose to operate out of the bounds of the set principles He has prescribed for us, our stories become lessons in futility.
We have clearly been shown what is expected of us and how it should be done. Let’s not work on the mistaken belief that we are larger than life characters who hold the answers to the life we lead but rather let’s acknowledge our total dependence on God and God alone. May He continue to spur us along as we come to the realisation of our dependence on Him.
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