Answers to Your Questions
Q: I work hard to succeed at what I do, but I also try to do it in such a way that it pleases God. When I succeed, why is it necessary to thank Him when I’m the one who worked so hard at it?
A: If, as you say, you have given your heart to Jesus and your desire is to please the Lord, then you no doubt look to Him for help and guidance in everything you do, and will therefore want to thank Him and give Him credit when He helps you to succeed.
A good example from the Bible of this is when a crowd gathered around Peter and John after the lame man was healed at the Temple and Peter told them, “Why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? God has glorified His Servant Jesus. Faith which comes through Him has given this man this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” (Acts 3:1-16).
God’s Word tells us, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” (Psalm 107:2), and, “You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent” (Isaiah 62:6). The Lord wants and expects His children who know and love Him to let others know that He is their God, their strength, and their helper. You shouldn’t hesitate to let people know that He is the One who helps you accomplish anything. “It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).
When you say, “Thank God!” when things are going well, you are giving God the glory. Every time you say, “Thank the Lord,” you are giving God the credit. Even if you only say, “God bless you” to others, you are reminding them of the Lord.
To accomplish what God wants you to, you must rely on the Lord’s help. To meet the challenges you face, you must know that real strength comes not by your own might or power, but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).
If you constantly remind yourself and others that you are just a tool in the Lord’s hands, then He will get all the glory for anything good that He does through you. You will also find that He will bless and use you more than ever if you faithfully give Him all the glory.
God’s Word says, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).
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