Spirit & Life Devotional
Sunday, June 28
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Glory Only In God
Judges 7.2 “And the Lord said to Gideon, ‘The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’”
Only God says something like that! You know why? Because He never shares His glory with any man. If it’s what you can do all by yourself, God will stand aside; but if it’s something beyond you, He will gladly assist you! That’s just how He works! A lady once asked me to pray for her to be able to achieve something in order to get a reward, and I asked, “So you can get the glory, right?” I knew that God would be more glorified if she got the reward without much of her own effort.
Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”
And Moses warned the Israelites, “Be careful. Don’t forget the Lord your God! Be careful to obey the commands, laws, and rules that I give you today. Then you will have plenty to eat, and you will build good houses and live in them. Your cattle, sheep, and goats will grow large. You will get plenty of gold and silver. You will have plenty of everything. When that happens, you must be careful not to become proud. You must not forget the Lord your God. You were slaves in Egypt, but he made you free and brought you out of that land. Don’t ever say to yourself, ‘I got all this wealth by my own power and ability.’ Remember the Lord your God is the one who gives you power to do these things.”
Remember Nebuchadnezzar. He said, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” That very hour God made him become like an animal and he was driven into the forest, where he lived for seven years eating grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew, his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws. Remember Herod too. He was arrayed in his royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to the people. And they kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.
Glory only in God!