In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. Psalm 44:8
Boasting is something that many people do. The majority boast it their own abilities or accomplishments. They are extremely proud of what they have done and want everyone around them to know it.
Sometimes this boasting of self is found in boasting in other family members, such as children, or boasting in employees. While this can look like it is not boasting about self, it is often pride of what one did in training a child or the worker. It is boasting that one did a great job himself, more than what the other person did.
The psalmist states that he boasts in God. His focus for boasting is in what God does, giving Him praise.
Realizing who one really is helps realize what one can really do or cannot do. While man is made in God’s image, he is limited in what he can do. The reality is that man cannot do anything without God’s help in doing it.
It is God who gives man life, breath, strength and abilities. If God did not give any of those things, man would be unable to do anything at all.
If he cannot do anything at all, then he has no reason to boast in self or his abilities.
This brings his focus back to God. The believer realizes that it is God who gives the abilities and strength to do things. It is God who is able to accomplish anything, not self.
Boasting in God is a good thing to do. It gives Him all the credit for everything that is done, rather than trying to put it upon self. One cannot come to end of talking about all the good things that God has done and is doing in one’s own life, much less in the rest of the world.
Instead of looking at self, try looking at God. Think about all the good things that God has done in your life. Now give Him praise for it and boast about it to everyone you meet.
Boast about who God is. Boast about God’s great love, forgiveness and mercy. This is being the witness that Jesus has told you to be. It is not about you, but it is all about God and what He has done and is doing. This is where there is good boasting being done.
Who will you boast about today?
I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know who God is; that you will tell people what God has done for you; and that you will focus your words and life upon God and His word.
The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ Judges 7:2
When a person does something, he usually automatically thinks that he did it himself, with no other help. People often forget those that had helped them get to where they are at and believe that they did it in their own strength and power.
The Israelites had been under control of the Midianites for a time. After crying out to God, He decided to raise up Gideon to destroy the Midianites. Gideon had brought together a large army, that was large enough to fight back at the Midianites. God immediately said that he had too many men to fight. If they fought and won, the Israelites would think that they did it themselves without the help of God. They would then go back to following false idols rather than God.
Although people forget about other people who have helped them get to where they are, there are very few who remember God’s help in the situation. Since God is unseen, they often do not give Him the credit He deserves.
Ultimately there is nothing that a person can do without the help of God. A person cannot even breath or move without God’s favor. A person cannot even be born without the hand of God in it.
It is easy to think that self did it, when God is unseen, but God is still there. Every believer must keep His focus on God and God’s abilities, not the abilities of self. Everything that a believer can do, is done only because God gave that ability.
He must not allow pride to come in thinking that he did it all by himself.
There will come times when you appear to accomplish some great task. Be careful to give God the credit for what was done, rather than take it on yourself. God is the One who is to be in control of your whole life, not you.
When others honor you with a great work done, turn the honor over to God and tell others that it is by His grace and power you did what you did. Do not allow pride to destroy you or turn you away from trusting God with everything in your life.
Let God be the One in control with the power.
I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not try to do things without God; that you will allow God to work through you, using you; and that you will allow God to remove all pride in your life.