We are so prone to take credit for things we simply have no business taking credit for. Yes, some of our accomplishments are possible in part because of our own hard work and effort, however the gift itself and even the physical ability to make honing our gift possible is only there by the grace of God. It's so easy for us to forget that and to take all the credit and glory for ourselves.
That's what I love about the story of Gideon. God weeded that army down until there was no doubt that the victory was God's and God's alone. Gideon's army could not take credit for it, there was no doubt. Hopefully we can remember to take that lesson to heart before God needs to weed our army down to remind us.
25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27 The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Judges 10-12, Luke 11:1-32