An accounting clerk found a billing error that added $90,000 to the company’s income. When she told her supervisor, he marched into his boss’ office and took credit for finding the error. Unfortunately, this happens all too often. It is especially regrettable when we take credit for what God does. When Gideon was about to meet an army of warriors, he had 32,000 men and the enemy had too many to count—like grains of sand on the seashore. Despite his small number, the LORD said to him, “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into your hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that their own strength has saved her, announce to the people, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mt Gilead.’ Twenty-two thousand left, leaving 10,000. The LORD said, you still have too many. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them there for you. ‘Separate those who lap water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down and drink.’ Three-hundred lapped like a dog. God said, ‘With these 300 men I will rescue you and give you victory.’ God did not want people taking credit for what he did. God said through Isaiah, “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else.” God knows that the source of our well-being is God himself. When we take credit for what God does, we prevent God from giving us greater blessings.
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