Historian Stephen E. Ambrose believes that heroes made the United States “the best and greatest country that ever was.” He attributes its greatness to presidents like Washington and Jefferson and to explorers like Lewis and Clark. Ambrose wrote, “God had nothing to do with it. It was people that made it.”
That view focuses on the noteworthy contributions of men and women, yet it fails to recognize that behind the scenes God guides and controls the rise and fall of all nations.
King Nebuchadnezzar thought he was responsible for building his great kingdom. He boasted, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built … by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30).
Those words were still in his mouth when God humbled him so he became like an animal and ate the grass of the field. Seven years later he declared, “All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth” (v. 35).
Let’s not be deceived by our own accomplishments. It’s God who works in us, giving us the desire to obey Him and the power to do His will (Philippians 2:13). The Lord is the God who is worthy of praise. He deserves the credit. – Vernon C. Grounds
Help us, Lord to see success
In the context of Your grace;
Keep us from all pride and boasting
That ignores Your rightful place. – Sper
True humility credits God for every success.
- May 9, Vol. 7, Our Daily Bread