1Cor. 1:30-31 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”
“By His doing”, I love that. It is God who started this work of salvation in my life, it is He who continues to sustain it everyday, and of course it is God who will bring the work to completion in my life. He is the one who purchased me with His blood, He is the one who revealed Himself to me when I was lost, without hope and without God, and He is the one who continues to reveal Himself to me each day. We are totally dependent on Him in every part of our lives. Jonathan Edwards first published work was “God is Glorified by Man’s Dependence”. Here is a quote from that great message.
“It is by God’s power also that we are preserved in a state of grace. 1 Pet. 1:5. “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.” As grace is at first from God, so it is continually from him, and is maintained by him, as much as light in the atmosphere is all day long from the sun, as well as at first dawning, or sun-rising. — Men are dependent on the power of God for every exercise of grace, and for carrying on that work in the heart, for subduing sin and corruption, increasing holy principles, and enabling to bring forth fruit in good works. Man is dependent on divine power in bringing grace to its perfection, in making the soul completely amiable in Christ’s glorious likeness, and filling of it with a satisfying joy and blessedness; and for the raising of the body to life, and to such a perfect state, that it shall be suitable for a habitation and organ for a soul so perfected and blessed. These are the most glorious effects of the power of God, that are seen in the series of God’s acts with respect to the creatures.”
Most of us look to our own strength and talent way too much in our endeavors for success in life. As a result, we take all of the credit when we have some measure of success. The down side is that looking to ourselves puts us in a place of great limitation. Our own limitations stare us in the face when we face the great challenges of life. We know in our hearts, we need His help to overcome, still our pride trudges on in self dependency. Only by God’s grace can we see that we need Him and only by His grace can we fall upon Him in total dependency. Total dependency brings us to the place of God’s intended double blessing, He is glorified and I am satisfied. So if you are facing challenges way bigger than you, rejoice, this may be His way of bringing you into that special place of total dependency on God.