Deuteronomy 8:17-18 (KJV)
“17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. 18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”
There can be a tendency to give credit to yourself when you become successful in your career or in any other aspect of life. But in truth, we are dependent on God for everything, even our next breath.
When blessings come, we are to acknowledge that it is God that has blessed us. Deuteronomy 8 takes place at the end of 40 years of Israel wandering in the wilderness and just prior to the Israelites entering the Promised Land. Moses warns Israel against self-glorification and boastfulness once they experience the blessings of the Promised Land. He commands them not to forget the LORD and what He has done to deliver them to this point. He instead implores them to remember the one true God and that He is the reason that they have the power to get wealth. The Bible commands us not to boast or glory in ourselves. True believers in Christ should instead glory in the LORD, who He is, and that you know Him as your LORD and Savior.
“23 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord (KJV).”
Furthermore, we are to praise Him and thank Him and remember Him for who He is and what He has done, no matter what our life’s circumstances may be. If He blesses you financially or in another way then praise and thank Him, if you are going through hard times then praise and thank Him. In Psalm 34:1, David writes, “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth (KJV).”
Isaiah 42:5 (KJV) describes God the LORD as, “… He that created the heavens, and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein…” We depend on God for everything, He is Creator of everything, and apart from Him and His graciousness we can do nothing.
So the next time that we help increase revenues, improve margins, or do anything else at work or in other areas of life that is deemed by society as “successful,” let’s remember to stay humble. And may we also remember to acknowledge that God gives us the power to get wealth and to take our next breath, and let’s thank Him for the blessings that He bestows on us.