Personally, I believe that we are building on God’s resources, no matter, to whom credit is given. The difference is this: when we surrender to God as our Resource Provider… it is then that the Power of God kicks into high-gear. I don’t think relying on one’s self, and/or others, as the primary resource, is necessarily a “bad thing,” as it can serve as a confidence builder.
The problem comes when we deplete the talents that God has given us … and we fail to go back to Him to refill our “tool-box.” Instead, we tend to rely on “our own ability to restock our tool box. It is at that certain point in time, that we come to terms with an empty tool-box… and start trying to pull some new ones out of the hat. It just doesn’t work like that. God is our “only source.”
Over time… we will come to realize that we can go no further with our own limited skills. And if we’re quick on our toes, and by SURRENDERING to GOD, we will come to rely on Him to replenish our potential. Too often, though, we try to go it alone, thinking that “our real power” is from within… giving “no-credit” to God.
How long would a great oak-tree last without water and sun? Likewise, we can only go to a certain point without re-filling our own gas tank. Our problem, though, as humans, we too easily forget from where the “real power” comes from. And, sometimes, it will take a catastrophe to get our attention. Matthew 14:28-31 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
All of us, at one time or another… have assumed “all the credit” for our profound success, and then… when the success begins to DWINDLE… we play the blame game. It’s everyone’s fault but our own. It’s when we realize that God is the one who is “really in charge,” that the Holy Spirit will come to our rescue. It’s call “trusting in the Lord.” If we believe (trust), then we can “move mountains”… but lacking that belief… produces….a big fat “zero.” As always… a CHOICE, allocated to just ourselves. The “buck stops with us.”
The “most-powerful-resources” are available to all of mankind… through prayer. Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.