Recently I had the privilege of speaking at a summer camp for boys, aged 9 to 12. During that week, the Holy Spirit moved and twelve campers received Jesus as their Savior. On the last night, one 9-year-old boy—who had received salvation during the camp—approached me and said, “You changed my life!” I smiled and replied, “I’m so happy, but God is the One who truly changed your life!” I knew it was God who had done the work in the precious boy’s heart.
In Joshua’s final words to Israel, we find the well-seasoned warrior, now a “very old man,” pointing to God as the reason for all their victories. “You have seen everything the LORD your God has done for you during my lifetime. The LORD your God has fought for you” (Joshua 23:2-3). His focus wasn’t on himself or his accomplishments, but on what God had “done,” what He “will” do (Joshua 23:5), and the importance of being “careful to follow” God and His commands (Joshua 23:6).
Successes in life can sometimes cause us to think it’s all about us. We can become prideful and think it was our performance, our abilities, our resources that made good things happen (Deuteronomy 8:11-18). Much like the idolatry Joshua warned the Israelites to avoid in his closing address (Joshua 23:7, Joshua 24:15), our self-worship will lead to dreadful destinations.
Instead, as we recognize that it’s God who “fights for [us]” and truly love and worship Him (Joshua 23:10-11), we’ll find praise for what He’s done rolling off our lips. We’ll humbly acknowledge it’s all about Him! As Joshua stated, “Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the LORD your God has come true” (Joshua 23:14).
Reflect on what God has done in your life today. Rejoice in His faithfulness. Remember all that He has done.
What happens when you begin to think your successes are all about you? Why is it important for us to honor and worship God for what He’s done in and around us?
Taken from “Our Daily Journey”