“But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” Psalm 130:4 ESV
Psalm 130:4 ends with the phrase “that you (God) may be feared”. Other translations interpret “feared” as “reverence” (NIV), “awe” (GNB), and “worshipped” (MSG). Frequently, I find myself in awe of others. Although it is natural to revere people who have accomplished great things in their live, I remind myself that these great minds and leaders of history are but small images of God (Imago Dei).
Consider the engineers who pioneered the first railroad through vast mountain ranges. As magnificent an accomplishment as that was, I am reminded of the verse: “Were you there when God made the mountains?” (Job 15:7 GNB). And consider the great minds of the academy or creativity in the arts. I am reminded of the Psalmist words: “You created me, and you keep me safe; give me understanding” (Psalms 119:73 GNB). Without the Creator, we could never appreciate great art or intellectual discoveries. And lest we forget, “all of us come from the dust, and to dust we all will return.” (Ecclesiastes 3:20). We owe it ALL to Him.
One of God’s purposes for us is to discover and utilize the gifts we have been given. The key word being “given”. When we are prideful, it is all too easy to claim ownership of our accomplishments. Let’s instead view our achievements as mile markers on our journey through this time on earth. Our destination is heaven with our Father, Creator, and Savior.
Reflection Question: When have you claimed an achievement as your own? How did you authentically give credit where credit is due?