October 29, 2023

Humpty Dumpty?

Proverbs 27:2 gives us very wise words of advice,

Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth.

There are so many people, including Christians, who think God cannot get along without them. They think they are the reason they experience so much success.

It has been said that a man wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package.

When God grants you success and blesses you, you have to remain humble if you are going to retain your usefulness to God. The Scripture says pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

There are plenty of men and women who at one time or another were on top, but today are on the bottom. I know examples inside and outside ministry. One story in particular comes to mind when I think of this principle.

There was a minister who once said, while making a plea for money, “No one is doing what we’re doing throughout the world, and God needs us to carry on this work. The world cannot be reached without our ministry.”

Granted, he was doing an incredible work in a lot of different countries. But the moment he said, “God can’t get along without me,” I thought of Humpty Dumpty. I just thought, “Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no!” I knew he was headed for a fall!

And you know what? That man is no longer in the position of prominence that he once was. And God seems to have gotten along fine without him.

Do not sing your own praises. Let others congratulate you if they will, but at the end of the day offer those praises to the One who really deserves it—the Lord.

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