With the advent of the religion of Humanism mankind has set himself up as a god by taking credit for the good things that happen in his life.The Bible specifically states that all good things come from above as stated in James 1:17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…………. Our skills and our talents are given to us by our Creator. They are His gifts to us to mold us into the person that He wants us to be.
Many times we listen to a man boast of his accomplishments by proudly stating that he is a ‘self made man’. This concept is totally incorrect. The truth of the matter is that had this man trusted in God to develop his skills and talents, the road to success would have been much easier and most likely more profitable. James 1:5 admonishes us that if we lack wisdom we are to ask of God who gives wisdom to all men liberally. In addition to wisdom, God will also provide the tools necessary to aid in man’s success. John 16:24 reminds the believer to ask and ye shall receive. Sadly, the only prayer that God will answer for the unsaved person is that prayer which asks to have their sins forgiven and to be saved.
God delights in answering our prayers, especially for the new born Babe in Christ. A lady who just was recently saved asked God for some modest dresses to wear to Church. She was poor and did not have the money to purchase the items. Two weeks later she was given a sack full of dresses from an unexpected source. The very first thing she did was to thank God for the answered prayer. This very same lady and her husband were facing financial bankruptcy. After asking for God’s help a set of unexplained circumstances led them to a financial institution that was willing to consolidate their bills. Many times over the years they gave God the Glory for delivering them from bankruptcy.
We are admonished in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to give thanks in every thing for this is the will of God. This also applies to the bad things in our lives. Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together to them who love God. Difficult trials strengthens our faith and molds us into the perfect image of God. God allows harsh things to come into our life to help us both to will and to do of His good pleasure . Philippians 4: 13 God does not cause evil to come into our lives. That credit goes to the Evil One, who is our adversary, accusing us before the Heavenly Father. Satan can only send hurt into our lives with God’s permission. Therefore it behooves us to thank God for the trials in our life because these testings help us depend upon the Lord.
By the Grace of God we are what we are. If He wills it in our lives it is meant for our good and we need to patiently trust Him to reveal His purpose in His timing.