Daily Devotion – His Reputation Proceeds Us

To God Be The Glory

Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof, and said to the men: “I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. Joshua 2:8-11

Giving Glory

Reading through this passage, something struck me as a fresh observation. I thought, “I want my life to speak to the world of the greatness of my God.” To Rahab, these two spies were representatives of the might of God. Notice from the text that she wasn’t amazed by their physical stature. She wasn’t amazed by their well thought-out plan to take over the land. She wasn’t amazed by the wealth of their empire. The only thing that truly amazed her (even struck terror and faintheartedness in her) was their powerful God. That is what I want said of me.

I’m sure it’s a battle for everyone, but dealing with this self-obsessed flesh gets exhausting. It’s  mind-boggling how it will show its ugly head in the most reverent of places. I may have just experienced God utilizing me (an experience of a lifetime!) while at church, but instead of hitting my knees and praising my worthy God, I’ll hear the flesh shout in my ears to receive and embrace the praise as mine. I’ll think things like, “Hey, that was a pretty good teaching, why not accept just a little of the glory?” Yet, this thought and others like it are so destructive. They are the double agents of our souls. What do you do to stop a double agent? You expose them. Reveal them for what they truly are. We must humble ourselves and admit that our hearts are prone to wander, our minds are prone to be in awe of us instead of The One using us!

I don’t know about you, but, although my flesh would disagree, I don’t want the glory! I want to emulate these spies. I want people to see the One using me! The One empowering me! The One who is working despite me! What do people see when they see you? Do they see an amazing God at work in you? Or do they just see you alone?

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