Monday, March 14, 2011

Giving God all the Glory

Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.  –Jeremiah 9:23, 24 (KJV) 

I read about a survey which was conducted and the results showed that many people admit to not being good listeners.  The reason for this is during the conversation they are more concerned with telling their story rather than listening to what someone else is saying.  The truth is we often enjoy telling our story.  The Word of God reminds us if we are going to boast about something we do well to limit such talk to what the Lord has done.  This stance places us where we are called to be in our relationship with the Lord.  The Scripture points out that a wise person doesn’t have to boast about his wisdom nor should he.  When we take the humble attitude of exalting the Lord rather than ourselves God receives the glory and He will then exalt us at the proper time.  

In recent months many people across the nation, me included, followed the sudden stardom of Ted Williams, the homeless man with the golden voice.  Mr. Williams was discovered living on the streets, homeless and destitute, yet he possessed a voice perfect for radio and TV broadcasting.  Suddenly he was in the spotlight making appearances on the national news, talk shows, and he received offers from major corporations to perform voice-overs.  Throughout all this I wondered if all the attention might push this man back into alcoholism and drug use.  Sadly, my concerns proved to be true.  Since his sudden flight to stardom Mr. Williams has been in and out of rehab and drug treatment.  All the attention may have proved too much for him to handle.   

When we are walking with Christ in faith and humility we do not need to boast of our own deeds or desire any attention.  We give glory to Christ and He then lifts us up in a manner that gives glory to God and works to our benefit. 

What has the Lord done in your life?  Give Him all the praise and glory.  As He has blessed us in the past He will do so again.  Look for it, expect it, and wait for it.  The blessings are coming in Jesus’ name.

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