God is not like man. But oftentimes we kind of think that God is like us. We question His ways and His plans. We could barely understand how He chooses people and chooses events to work out His will. Sometimes we could not understand why He remains good even to the evil generation. Sometimes, too,we wonder why good people suffer. A lot of things that God does could not entirely fit the limited understanding of man. His ways are far too high than the ways of man. But, even when we could not fully comprehend, it never limits the power and the might of God. Our understanding does not make or break His might. He remains sovereign and He remains faithful.
When we come to understand who God is, we also understand who we are. This brings us to a place of humility. No one could remain arrogant, self-sufficient, and self-centered under the sovereign hand of God. Knowing God personally brings us to the realization that there is nothing we could ever do without God’s hand upon us. Even people who do not realize this or who are not conscious of this are still under the grace of the mighty God. So, we realize that there is nothing we could boast about. If there is, we should boast in God.
“In God we have made our boast all day long. We will give thanks to your name forever.”– Psalm 44:8 (WEB)
Boast of God’s might. One of the weaknesses of the flesh is how easy we tend to forget God’s mighty hand that save us and we give in to the temptation of taking the glory for ourselves. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life can be too tempting to resist that sometimes we enjoy taking the credit when, in fact, the credit belongs to God alone.
God always has a solution to teach us humility and surrender. He makes sure that when we place our trust in Him, we could taste and see, without any doubt, that any success or victory we accomplish are all through His mighty work in us and through us. He makes a way to make us convinced that it is His work and not ours.
When Gideon had to fight against the Midianites, thousands of men followed him. But God asked Gideon to trim down the number of men to go to battle. From thousands, Gideon’s man was greatly reduced to 300 (Judges 7:1-7). Why did God plan to bring victory to Israel with only 300 men?
“Yahweh said to Gideon, ‘The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel brag against me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ ”– Judges 7:2 (WEB)
Whenever God chooses the weak, the small, or the unqualified, it is because through them He can fully manifest His great power. No one can boast of his own strength but their boast is centered on the source of their strength — God. In this we could see how God is so unlike man who tend to choose and favor things according to how great, how beautiful, how comely, how powerful or how extravagant things are and thinking that in these are power and success. To God, it is not so.
May every blessing and success and every good and mighty act of God in our life bring us to boast in the power of God. May they bring us to say, “It is God’s might and not mine.” May we boast in God alone for He is the One who deserves the praise and the glory.
“…but God chose the foolish things of the world that he might put to shame those who are wise. God chose the weak things of the world that he might put to shame the things that are strong. God chose the lowly things of the world, and the things that are despised, and the things that don’t exist, that he might bring to nothing the things that exist, that no flesh should boast before God. Because of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, that, as it is written, ‘He who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.’ ”– 1 Corinthians 1:27-31 (WEB)
“Yahweh says, ‘Don’t let the wise man glory in his wisdom. Don’t let the mighty man glory in his might. Don’t let the rich man glory in his riches. But let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am Yahweh who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for I delight in these things,’ says Yahweh.”– Jeremiah 9:23-24 (WEB)
Do not be ashamed of the small service you may be offering. Do not get discouraged with your weakness. Rely on God and trust Him for His strength is made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Through the small and the weak, God’s might can be greatly demonstrated because they shatter self-reliance and teach reliance on God.