Let God Reign!

It is tempting in the aftermath of success to elevate oneself higher than is justified or wise to do so. After sporting success, business or job prosperity, academic achievement or the like, one can too easily bask in the glory and take position on a lofty pedestal. But remember, the greater the height to which you rise, also the greater the risk of an embarrassing fall. It is wise to celebrate success but keep it in proper perspective.

The Bible says to consider others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3); in other words, keep a humble attitude no matter how great your achievements and look for and to the good of others, giving God and others due recognition.

Gideon was one of Israel's leaders who did just that. In spite of God using him and just 300 men to deliver Israel from the Midianites, Gideon declined Israel's invitation to rule over the nation. Instead, Gideon gave God the rightful glory for the victory and insisted that Israel let God reign.

Judges 8:22-23 (NIV):

The Israelites said to Gideon, “Rule over us—you, your son and your grandson—because you have saved us from the hand of Midian.” But Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The Lord will rule over you.”

Whatever successes and triumphs we may have in life, may we also, like Gideon, remain humble and always let God reign!

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers

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