It would be easy for me to turn around and say, “I know! I am great, aren’t I?!”
Reference: v.49-50 “Your servants have counted the soldiers under our command, and not one is missing. So we have brought as an offering to the Lord… (TNIV Bible)
Explore: We have just recently switched over our Daily Devotions website so that now, every time I enter into the back end of the site to write a new post I notice how many blogs I have written. This post will be my 1,029th published post. That means that there are over 1000 Bible verses that I have written about and over 1000 stories that have connected to the Bible passage. I will often have regular readers write to me and tell me that they are constantly amazed at how I continue to come up with relevant stories. They don’t know how I am able to connect an everyday occurrence with the Biblical passage. It would be easy for me to turn around and say, “I know! I am great, aren’t I?!” However, I know that I could not say that with confidence. For while I try not to sound too “holier-than-thou”, the only explanation I can give is that it is a God-given gift. While I am willing to put aside the time to read and write, I know that my life is not exciting enough to fill one thousand posts. However, God has an amazing way of connecting my simple discipline with His amazing word and producing the Daily Devotion blogs. So while I would love to take credit for what happens on my site, I have to give all the glory back to God.
Application: When the Israelites returned from fighting an enemy, they counted all their soldiers and realised that everyone was still present. They could have all high-fived each other and given special awards to all the soldiers who fought the best, but instead they came straight back to God. They acknowledged that it was through His power and strength that such an amazing result had occurred. When great things happen in our lives, it’s good to acknowledge our contribution, but let’s not forget where all our gifts, creativity and knowledge come from – our Creator God.
Prayer: Lord, You have given us all the great things in our lives. May we use our gifts to bring honor and praise to You. Amen.
What do you have God to thank for?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.