My Own Power Has Delivered Me
My Own Power Has Delivered Me
We live in a culture that glorifies winners in sports and every other aspect of life — from education to business to popularity contests or whatever. Those supposed “winners” are greatly tempted to believe that it is their exceptionalism that sets them above everyone else. So, they become proud of “their” special accomplishments and have no regard for God’s blessings.
Frankly, our Creator Redeemer wants us to realize the actual truth. The book of Judges, chapters 6-8 tells us about Gideon’s experience. The Israelites sinned — as punishment, God allowed the Midianites to oppress them — Israel finally turned to the LORD for help — God appointed Gideon to save Israel from the Midianites.
Gideon gathered an army of 32,000 Israelites. But, God objected to so many and said in Judges 7:2,
The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, “My own power has delivered me.”
Gideon’s “army” was cut down to 300 to defeat Midian’s 135,000 soldiers. God knows the natural hearts of people. It doesn’t take much for us to become proud and imagine our strengths and talents are of our own doing — instead of being a gift from God. So, it was definitely God who made Gideon a great victor over Midian.
There are many Bible verses that speak of mankind’s wrongful boasting of his own power. One is Isaiah 10:15, where God says to the boastful king of Assyria,
Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?
Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it?
That would be like a club wielding those who lift it,
Or like a rod lifting him who is not wood.
God uses these impossible situations to show silly mankind how wrong it is to imagine that our abilities are ours alone. Whatever “powers” any person has are allowances from God Almighty. Therefore, we need to use our gifts and talents with great caution to God’s glory. Without God, we don’t have any “power”. We can’t even breathe without God allowing it. So let us always humbly glorify our LORD.
Boasting only “in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” ( Galatians 6:14 ), we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, thank You for guiding our lives to glorify You rightly.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.