The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength. (Judges 7:2 NLT; emphasis mine)
He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath. (Deuteronomy 8:17, 18 NLT)
I can so identify with what the Lord told Gideon and what Moses told the Israleites. This is me; this is all of us. I constantly think about how great I am doing at things. I always build myself up in my head. I always have a desire to look at the things I am doing and say to God, “look at them, see how awesome I am? How can you not be impressed??”
But when I read verses like this, I am reminded about how little God cares about my boasting about myself. I remember to do an honest assessment of myself and know how truly broken and messed up I am. I am all this and more, but God still loves me and cares for me. Through this, I am reminded to brag only about God and how great He is. I am reminded that it needs to be less about me and more about Him.
I pray that our gaze looks less in the mirror and more to the the Savior.