Giving Others God’s Credit

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For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”- Isaiah 41:13

Sometimes we become so dependent on our loved ones that we fail to realize they are human just like us. We expect them to step up to the plate and take on the role of “provider” in our hour of need and we forget that God is our sole provider.

When I think back on my adult life, I’ve always had someone to lean on in my time of need; Someone who I counted on to bail me out of trouble. When I was married, It was my husband. After my divorce, It was my mother. After my mom’s death, it was my aunt… And so on and so on. When I lost my job, the first thing that ran through my mind was, for the first time in my life, I have no one to depend on. I had put all my trust and faith in the people around me, But I never acknowledged the fact that it was God who was using them to bless me. I soon found out that God has a way of humbling people. It seemed the more I asked the people around me for help, the more they rejected me and the more I depended on someone to save me, the deeper I fell into trouble. I was losing everything, my job, my home, my car, and was about to lose my mind. I couldn’t understand why God was allowing all of this to happen to me, but then it hit me! I remember crying as I was driving in my car one day, and I pulled over and just began to call on God’s name. I promised Him that I would never depend on anyone else BUT HIM!

Give to the LORD the glory he deserves. ~1 Chronicles 16:29

It’s easy to begin depending on others or our own judgement when we are faced with adversity and despair. Trusting God, when our world has been turned upside down, is not an easy task. The lack of faith, busyness, and hurt can cause us to trip and even fall. We wonder how we will ever get up again. Faith can feel like a thread that threatens to break.

Most people lose faith when life’s hard circumstances make no sense and God fails to intervene as they think He should. Others simply get too busy to bother. Many experience feeling let down and disappointed by others and paint God with the same brush.

Sometimes God will allow us to continue to go through the storm, until we learn the lesson it is supposed to teach us. If you’re going through it right now, pray about it and realize what it is that God wants you to learn from it. The sooner, The better!

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