Doesn’t God deserve all credit?

I was driving around today and thought about how many things God has blessed me with. I met with my advisor at work today, and he mentioned that one of the partners in the firm praised me in front of all the management regarding my performance. I wasn’t entirely sure why my advisor would tell me that except for God to teach me.

As I was driving back to the office, I remembered the story of Daniel refusing to eat the defiled food of the king of Babalyon. Daniel 1:9 says, “Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel.” So, I began thinking. Are my friends my friends because of how great I am? I quickly come to the conclusion that it’s not because I’m great, but because God is. God is so great that he causes others to show favor to me for no good reason. God places me in circumstances with people for a reason unknown other than to live out my faith with these people.

Basically, God is soverign and in control. He gave me everything – great parents, intellect, determination, friends, talents, circumstances to excel, salvation from my own terrible decisions, mentors, everything. How can I ever say that anything great that happens in my life is somehow out of my own hard work? How can I even think of stealing glory from God?

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4 thoughts on “Doesn’t God deserve all credit?”

  1. Sorry to bug you. I’m looking for a video of the puppet master skit you mentioned in an ’04 blog. You don’t by any chance have one you could upload to youtube or something, do you? I’d love to show it to some people at my college group. As a missionary’s kid, I’ve seen a LOT of skits, and that one has to be the most powerful I’ve ever seen.

  2. Well if you give your god all the glory for all the good things in your life, it would follow that you give your god all the blame for all the bad things in your life; and likewise, if he equally deserves glory for all the good things in the world, he would equally deserve all the blame for all the bad things in the world; if your god gets all the glory for the happiness, he also gets all the blame for the misery. If you instead, deflect blame for the misery in the world, and place it on people, and say they are responsible for it, it would also imply they are responsible for eliminating it and providing what is good, which mean people deserve all the glory as well.

  3. So, you can look at it in such as way that God is responsible for everything. But then you miss out on the fact that we have freewill to reject God. James 1:16-17 states, “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” So, since I am full of deceit and wickedness, I reject the good and perfect gifts God gives me for selfcenteredness. This is where the evil comes in. Evil is not from God, but is actually the lack of God’s presence. So, where evil exists, God does not. We, as humans, have the ability to allow God to exist in our lives, actions, decisions, words, etc. Or we can reject God and live according to our own fancy. The choice is ours, evil (aka bad things) are not from God but from our own reluctance to give up who we are and how we desire to live (for ourselves) and submit to God’s perfection. Therefore, I see your position as flawed because you take an approach that either has God or man creating and enacting both evil and good, where as in reality God creates good and allows us enact that good (or reject it and therefore enact evil – not good).

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