Bringing Nothing

Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God,” Psalm 20:7

This verse in Psalms is a good reminder that I do not need to take pride (or boast) in anything except God. Simply being a part of God’s family and having Him on my side is more powerful than having a thousand armies team up with me.

There is a huge comfort in realizing this fact. God is more powerful than every human (including me), and He is far greater than anything we can create, think, build, and make. And God does not need anything from us. Therefore, God is not expecting us to bring anything to the table aside from our faith in Him, worship of Him, and trust in Him as we live our days. It reminds me of Deuteronomy 7:7-8.

The Lord did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than the other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather it was simply that the Lord loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the Lord rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt”

Here Moses sets the Israelites straight. He tells them that they were not chosen because of their size (and might), but simply because God loved them and that the Lord was keeping a promise. I need to remember the same thing.

God did not choose me because of my power, leadership ability, money, dashing good looks, height, etc. He simply wanted me because He loves me and was keeping a promise He made a long time ago. When I was saved, I brought absolutely nothing to the table that God needed, only a willingness to trust in Him.

And so today, as in the beginning of my Christian walk, I am to continue living my days in the same way: in my constant weakness, I bring only faith and worship of my almighty God and I am all the better for it.