But for the Grace of God

Michael Beck

“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)

God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. He gives His all-sufficient grace to the humble. Those who boast in themselves are left to eventually discover their inadequacy.

Truth be known, it is our strengths which are our weaknesses. The things we think “we’re good at” are the things we are bound to fail at. Sooner or later, our pride will be shattered. But whatever humbles us is a good thing. The humble are in position for grace. No longer are we relying on ourselves; we are looking away from ourselves to God. No longer do we look down on others who aren’t as competent as we are. We know that God alone makes us different from anyone else.

God specializes in humbling the proud. It is something only He can do. It is never a matter of “if” He will do it; it is only a matter of “when.” And when He brings us down from off our high horse, it is His desire to plant our feet on solid ground. He would have us trust in Him, not in ourselves. He would have us make our boast in Him.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.