June 21

Have you noticed today how many people are taking “selfies?” I laugh so hard when I see videos of people looking at themselves in their phones and walking right into a water fountain, or into a pole. I’m sorry, that I laugh, but I cannot help myself. I just saw on my Facebook page that today is “national selfie day.” I must admit, I was disgusted with the idea. We are without a doubt the most self-focused generation in the history of the world. We tend to look at what is most important to us and ignore what might be best for the world, or the group as a whole.

Today I read “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is not their God? But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:1-3). These verses state very clearly what the reality is in life. We are not the ones who deserve any praise or glory. The glory should all go to God for His mercy and for His truth!

If it were not for the mercy of God, the moment each of us sinned, we would die. We know that the wages of sin is death, and if it were not for the grace of God, we would all be destined for Hell. If it were not for the truth of God that we read in the Bible, we would all be doomed as well. The Bible has been called the words of life, and that certainly is true. The reality is that we owe God all the glory in our lives, and that we should not be focused on ourselves. The heathen act as though there is no God, hence the “national selfie day.”

We believers should always recognize that there is a God in Heaven, and He is the One Who deserves all our praise, and all the glory. In a day when athletes spend more time pointing to their name on their jersey, and wealthy individuals flaunt their wealth at the expense of others, and even some preachers promote the fact that they need “regular” people to send them more money so they can buy a new private jet, it is important that God gets the credit. Man has always been guilty of promoting himself over God. We must be careful not to join in that temptation. Stop for a moment and ask God what He wants you to do with the day He has given you. Put aside your plans for the day, and allow God to interrupt you to accomplish what will bring Him the most glory. Do something for God as a result of your gratefulness to Him, and don’t accept any praise for yourself. Give the praise to God all day long!

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