It feels really good to be great at something, doesn’t it? Perhaps, when you were a child, you were a great soccer player, or you could run really fast. People may have approached you and given you praise for doing a great job. Or, maybe you earned that Master’s degree after years of hard work and made many people proud of your accomplishment.
These examples make us happy, and there is nothing really wrong with receiving recognition for skill and hard work. Sometimes the hard work and talent we possess can translate into rewards, more income, and even opportunities that we never thought we would have. The problem comes when we begin to think we are defined by our talent or hard work. It can be tempting to start to revel in the idea that we are the sole creators of our own personal universe. When we allow ourselves to go too far into this realm of thinking, we abandon the need to give God the glory for what He has given to us.
If we were to close our eyes and allow ourselves to recall all of the times where God was immeasurably faithful to us, then it would be increasingly more difficult to take the full credit for everything in our lives.
In this passage, the Lord is reminding Jeremiah the prophet that He is the one who is ultimately in control. The people of God were far away from Him at this point in their history (again) and the patient designer of all creation was helping Jeremiah to understand who He is.
Today would be a great day to thank God for all He has done in your life. Even the great struggles are worthy of adding to the list, because God brought us through them, and now we can help others in their struggles.
Give Him the glory. Keep none of it for yourself. At the same time, when someone commends you for a job well done; simply say “thank you”. Then, let your life constantly point to Him.
Prayer for today: Father, thank you for everything you give me. I ask, today, that you make my life a testimony to your goodness. Amen.
This post was written by Rev DeCrastos.
You can find his blog here: www.ministrysauce.com