Friday – September 28, 2018 – When Honor Goes Wrong.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (NIV) David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
Honor goes wrong when you think that your success and recognition is the result of your efforts. It goes wrong when your life becomes all about you and your accomplishments. If you are wealthy, you think that the wealth came to you because of you. If you have done well in business, you think it is the result of your acumen and achievements. It goes wrong when you think that your physical strength and athletic prowess are the result of your endeavor. Honor goes wrong when you feel like you are entitled to it.
By all accounts, we would say that David had been successful in his life, despite a few missteps along the way. He had great accomplishments, but gave God credit for their outcome. He became wealthy, but that was the result of God blessing the nation. He defeated a lion, a bear and a giant. The giant was so scary that no one else in all Israel would face him on the battle field. He did not defeat him with a sword or spear. He defeated him with a stone. He used a sword to cut off his head, but that was after he was down.
He knew prophetically that Jesus is the cornerstone that all our eternal successes are built on. He knew that the sword of the Spirit brings the ultimate victory. He had everything in line for his successor, Solomon, to build on. However, Solomon, even though he started off well, was not able to sustain where David had brought Israel. He dishonored God when he married multiple women and established treaties with idolatrous nations. His honor went wrong when he felt he was responsible to sustain Israel’s successes rather than God.
Prayer: Thank You Lord, that any recognition or honor that comes my way is the result of Your activity in my life. I want You to receive all the honor and glory.