Have you ever seen God work in a miraculous way? It is amazing to see God work greatly. Perhaps you witnessed a prayer answered, or a conversation brought change in someone’s life, or you witnessed to someone and they received Christ. There is a certain pleasure that comes from seeing God use you in someone’s life. When God uses us, it can be an encouragement, but we must be diligent to attribute all the glory to Him. If we don’t, we can become a victim of pride. And pride is a serious downfall.
We find an example of this kind of pride in 1 Chronicles 21. David is king over Israel, and he commands his servant Joab to number the people. Joab has a very wise response in verse 3. He says, "My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?" Look carefully at his response. He gives the glory to God for making Israel mighty. He knew that everything that was done, had been done by God. He rebuked David and said that David would be the cause of sin in Israel. Later in the passage, we can read that David’s sin did indeed have serious consequences.
So how can we avoid such a downfall? We must give the glory to God.
As you surrender to His call to service, you will find that God is willing and able to use you for His glory. You must always remember that everything you can do is because God empowered, inspired, and appointed you to be able to do it. He alone deserves the glory for every good thing that He has accomplished through both you and me. Let us give Him the glory! Let us say, like the Psalmist,
"I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it:" – Psalm 52:9a