I remember a story about a man that saved a baby from a burning building but asked that his name not be released to the public afterward. So a woman and another man came out with crazy intricate stories as if they were the ones that had actually saved the baby (they were just neighbors that watched the incident and called 9-1-1). Then, when the man heard about it he tried to tell everyone, no one would believe him. So he lost his job and went thru a lot of work to get evidence just to show that he really was the one that saved the baby. In the end it did check out and ultimately the people believed him.
He probably went through all of that because he didn’t feel that it was right for someone else to take the credit for something he believed he did. Has there ever been a time when you’ve felt shafted? Like someone stole your shine, like someone took the credit for something you did?
1 Corinthians 3: 6-7 says, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God [all the while] was making it grow and [He] gave the increase. So neither he who plants nor he who waters, but [only] God Who makes it grow and become greater.” This means that neither the man who pulled the baby out of the building nor the neighbors that watched and called 9-1-1 could receive the recognition because God is truly worthy of the praise.
Next time you feel unworthy or unrecognized, think about how much God must feel like the man in the story. People go without recognizing God’s role in their life in helping them grow, saving them, healing them, etc. But at the end of the day, like the man in the story, God will prove that he took part in every aspect of our lives, when he decides whether we face Heaven or Hell.
Merciful Mondays: Jael
“For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 4:31