[Notice: I’m on vacation for August. So this month’s devotionals are some favourites from the past few years – and also previews of my upcoming book: “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day In A Biblical, Relevant Way.” Enjoy!]
Imagine your best friend did something wonderful for you—like fix your broken garage door for free. They bought the parts, put in free labour, and even gave it a nice new paint job.
The next day, some people come over and admire your spectacular garage door.
What do you say? Do you say, “Thanks! I’m so lucky that it somehow got fixed”? or “I’m just glad it worked out”?
Of course not!
You’d give your best friend credit.
When it comes to God, I think we dishonour him when he does something wonderful for us and we don’t give him credit.
Years ago, a friend of mine was thinking about going to seminary to be a pastor. He was short $3200 for his first year expenses. So he prayed: “God, if you want me to do this, please give me a clear sign.”
The next day he got a letter from a cousin. A relative had passed away. And this relative wanted her money portioned out to the cousins. So here was his cut.
The letter included a cheque… for $3200!
What do you think he said? “That’s so lucky that this problem somehow got fixed”? Or “I’m just glad it worked out”? Of course not! He gave God the credit.
In Psalm 61:1, David sings, “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer…” You and I probably say that too. And when he responds in such a clear and generous way, why do we act like he doesn’t exist?
This week, when God does something wonderful for you, give him credit.
Not only is it the right thing to do, but you’ll remind yourself—and others—about how faithful God truly is.
By Matthew Ruttan
- “Up!” is published 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) and returns on August 20th.