Genesis 41:16 Give God The Credit

Path on a hill

“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Genesis 41:16

People all over the world are constantly looking for answers. Just like children, most adults like to ask the question, “why?”. They want answers as to why things happen as they do.

In the majority of cases, people seek those answers from other people or books that people have read. In that process many will choose the ways of the world to get their answer and will also be given the answer that the world gives.

Those that give the answer, will usually take full credit for that answer. The want to be seen as the person with the wisdom and knowledge. People want to feel as though they are really important and are somebody.

Many believers have fallen into this trap of taking the credit for what they say or do. They feel as though they are the ones who had full power and ability to say or do what was said or done. It was their own wisdom and knowledge.

While Joseph had been in prison, God had given him knowledge of the meaning of some other prisoner’s dreams. Later, when one of those prisoners was released, Pharaoh had a dream also that he wanted interpreted. Joseph was called before Pharaoh.

Pharaoh’s first statement was that he heard that Joseph could interpret dreams. Immediately Joseph stated that he cannot interpret the dreams, but that God can give the answer needed. With the guidance of God, Joseph then interprets the dream.

Joseph could easily have taken credit for interpreting dreams, but he did not. He gave God the full credit.

As a human, it is easy to think that one has the ability to do something, when in reality it is God working in and through that person.

There is absolutely nothing that you cannot do, unless God gives you the ability to do it. This even includes breathing. If you cannot breath without God’s help, how much less can you interpret dreams or do some other ministry or work for Him?

When God uses you to touch someone’s life, such as in prayer, witnessing, helping hand, interpretation, a word,  or anything else, give Him the credit for the ability, wisdom and knowledge.

Don’t take the credit that belongs to God. He is the one who did it.

I pray today that you will know God’s power and abilities; that you will give God credit for all works done; that you will point all people to God and not to self; and that God will use you to touch many people. 

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Isaiah 16:6 Empty Boasts

We have heard of Moab’s pride–how great is her arrogance!–of her conceit, her pride and her insolence; but her boasts are empty. Isaiah 16:6

As Israel was being punished and crushed under the hand of God, Moab was boasting about their power and abilities. Moab was a powerful nation, even though not the largest or most powerful, and felt that they were among the best. They were very proud of what they had accomplished and let everyone know about it.

However, God said that all their boasting and pride was empty. There was very little truth in what they were boasting about. Later in this chapter, God says that within three years they would be wiped out and destroyed.

Everywhere a person goes, one can hear of boasting. It starts in the kindergarten playground when one boy or girl is boasting to another about something. They may boast about a parent or it may be about winning a game. The boasting continues in life, usually, until they are dead. For many people it is a way of life.

Adults will boast about their great accomplishments in life. Businesses will boast about their product. The boasting usually goes beyond what is actually truth. Just as with the fisherman talking about the fish that got away, and each time it is told the fish is larger, so it is with boasting. The more one boasts, the more it moves away from the truth.

Boasting in one’s own power, abilities or accomplishments is an empty boast. The real truth about everything that you accomplish is that it was God who has given you the strength and ability to accomplish it.

There is nothing that you have done, whether good or evil, that God has not given you the ability to do it.

So all that boasting that you do and pride that you feel about what you have done, needs to be re-directed to God. God is the one who is really in control and has the ability, not you.

As you boast, boast about what God is doing, boast about what others are doing. Do not boast in yourself. Boasting in yourself is an empty, worthless boast. God can change any situation you are in, in one second. You, on your own, cannot really change anything, but your trust in God.

Don’t waste your breath on empty boasting today.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will know it is God who is working in and through you; that you will not boast except in God; and that you will allow God to work in and through you in all situations.

The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see
Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum
To lay before the King
Pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum

So to honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come

Little baby
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give our King
Pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you
Pa rum pum pum pum
On my drum

Mary nodded
Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum

Then He smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

By Katherine Kennicott Davis (1941)

This Christmas song has been one of my favorite Christmas songs for as long as I can remember. I look forward to hearing it on the radio every Christmas season. And I never get tired of hearing it and singing it.

It is often thought of as a child’s song, and I have never heard it sang in church, other than in a children’s Christmas program once or twice.

Over the years, there have been very many versions of this song sang. It has been sang as a country song, ballad, and all the way into heavy metal rock music style. Although I do not like the idea of non-Christians singing any Christmas song, I still love the song in many of the various versions.

You may wonder why I like it so much. It is because of the reality of truth in it, despite the ox and lamb keeping time. I do not really believe the events in this song actually occurred in Bethlehem when Jesus was born, but the heart of it can happen today.

Many people come before God as though He was their best buddy, or the Great Man Upstairs. They see Jesus as just a great teacher.

Others come before God as though they have earned every right to do so. They do not see Jesus as the King. They do not see Him as the One who created everything there is, the one in absolute control and power.

In this song, the boy is invited to go before this new great king. He recognizes that this little baby is The King, the King of Kings. It is not told how he knows this or why he knows it, but he does.

He also recognizes that he does not have anything to give the King that is worth giving to someone so great. He has only one thing, and that is his little drum and his ability to play it. His talents and abilities were all that he could give this King.

He is given permission to play for the King, and so he does.

As a human and a believer in Jesus, I do not have anything that is worthy to give the King of the universe. God already has everything I have and much more, so He does not need my things.

What I can give Him is myself and my talents. Every ability that I have can be given to God to be used by Him for His glory.

Jesus told the disciples that their job was to go and make more disciples. That job description has not changed since for any believer.

I need to use my talents for His glory. I need to use everything I have the ability to do, to spread the gospel message to this dying world.

When I do that, God will look down on me and smile, as the baby Jesus does in the song. In the end God will be able to say “well done, good and faithful servant”.

What are you doing with the talents God has blessed you with?

Are you using them for yourself?

Or for His glory?

Listen to one of the versions of this song that I really enjoy: The Little Drummer Boy

Exodus 31:6 Equipped To Do The Job

“Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you:” Exodus 31:6

God had given Moses the detailed instructions on how to build the tabernacle and everything in it. The size, shape, and materials to be used were laid out in extreme detail. Now He appointed some people to be the ones to do the building of everything. God tells him that He has given each of these workers the ability to do the work required.

Since God has made the universe and everything in it, He is the ultimate builder. There is nothing that He cannot make. Along with that He has given man the ability to make and do things.

In His infinite wisdom, He has chosen to have His people to do His work in this world. Every believer is the hands, feet and voice of God in this world. Yet, as He has chosen people to do the work, He did not leave them on their own. He has given each one the ability to do the work He has called each one to do.

You may feel God telling you to do some new work for Him. You look at it and say you have no ability to do it. It is something new to you that you have never done before or it is bigger than anything you have ever done. While all that may be true, God can give you the ability to carry out the mission.

Very often God has had you in training to do a work for Him for many years. You have developed certain abilities that will give you the ability to take on a new and larger task for Him. When He calls you to that task, you must seek His wisdom and direction, and trust in His abilities.

God will not call you to something that He has not equipped you to do. Jesus said that He would always be with you and would give you all the power you need.

Are you trusting God for the ability to do His work?

Or are you running away in fear?

Trust God today and do the work He has called you to do.

I pray today that you will know the mission God is calling you to do; that God will fill you with His wisdom and direction to do the work; that God will give you favor in getting the task done; and that God will draw many to Jesus through your work in this world.

2 Corinthians 3:5 Where Is Your Confidence?

“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

Paul had pointed out how the Corinthian church was a result of their ministry. They had been successful in building a church that was serving God. He knew that the people were changed in their heart, not just in words on paper.

After saying that, he quickly points out that though they have great confidence in the ministry, that confidence was from God. He knew that God could do great things in and through him.

Many people do some great things in this life. This includes people in the church. Often people in the church will be just like the world in stating “look what I have done”. They will point the fingers at themselves as the hard-working person who made it possible. Their confidence lies in what they can do.

Men can fall into this trap of thinking. They feel confident that they can provide for their family, have a large house, and a big paycheck because of their own abilities. They focus on what they can do, rather than what God is doing through them and for them.

Although their hands were in the process, it was God who made it possible for that work to be done. Without God, nothing is possible. The life you live is only possible because of God. You would not be able to breathe or move if God did not make it possible for you to do so.

When you rely on God for everything, then anything is possible. Nothing is impossible. You can have complete confidence in the power of God for everything in your life. This is true for the very large mountains in your life, and for the very small bumps in your life.

Are you trusting in the power of God? Or are you trusting in your own abilities and talents?

The results that are in your life, are they because of your own work? Or are they the works of God?

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will have complete confidence in God alone; that you will not trust in your own abilities; and that God will do great works through you.

1 Peter 4:10 Use Your Gifts

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

People of the world try to hold onto everything they have and do not really want to share it, unless it is for their own benefit. Occasionally you will see someone in the world sharing something, but usually there is a hidden agenda or benefit behind that sharing. Believers are not to be like that at all.

Peter tells you that whatever gift you have from God, use it to serve others. Remember, Jesus came to serve, not be served; try to be like Him. This gift can either be material things, or it can be abilities. Throughout the Bible you will see many times it stated over and over to give to those who have a need when you can. Most of the time this giving is in giving material items.

Many people like to hoard things. They often feel they need to keep it just in case they need that item again. They will also hold onto things for that rainy day. Jesus told us to give it away and trust God for your personal provision. If every believer is giving to someone in need, everyone will have their needs met in a great big circle of giving.

The giving of abilities can be found in helping others out with a work that you can do. If you know something about carpentry, help a person do some remodeling. If your specialty is in automotive repair, help repair someone’s vehicle for no cost. Whatever you can do, use it to serve someone else.

Giving of your time and materials with no expectation of return will allow God to receive the glory and allow Him to reward you in His way. Doing all of this is being a wise steward with what God has blessed you with. Remember that everything that is said and done is to be done for God’s glory and to build His kingdom. Seek His kingdom first.

All of this is a sign of a faithful steward. When Jesus returns, He will be able to say to you “well done, good and faithful servant”. Are you being faithful to Him today? Are you being that good and faithful steward? Are you managing what He has blessed you with correctly for His glory? Or are you being selfish and hoarding?

I pray that today God will guide you in using what He has blessed you with; that God will open doors to share with others; that God will give you peace of mind that He will provide for all of your needs; and that God will bless all that you give of both material and immaterial things.