1Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.
2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips. ~ Proverbs 27:1-2 (ESV)
We’re starting something new this week for our Prayers for the Week. I have created a new blog, called Prayers for the Week, and the prayer posts will be written on this site. On our regular site, My Dreams of Disney, there will still be a post, with a link over to here to get the full text of what we are writing about. Also, there is an image of the site on the right sidebar at the top, so at any time you can click on that image to go to the site. I don’t know if this is smart or not, but I’m trying it out, so we’ll see what happens. Enough about that, though. Let’s talk about the book of Proverbs for a while.
In my Bible in 90 Days reading — which, I’m sorry to say, I’m behind on, so please pray for me to complete, even if it will now take me more than 90 days — we read the book of Proverbs. Generally speaking, the book is attributed mostly to Solomon, the son of King David, but not all of the book is attributed to him. The Proverb that we are looking at today is one that all of us should follow — regardless of where we stand in this world, Christian, non-Christian, Democrat, Republican, or whatever.
For whatever reason, it has been ingrained in our brains that we need to toot our own horn. For whatever reason, we believe that if we do not show how great we are, no one will ever notice, and we will be worse if that happens. So much of that comes back to the whole squeaky wheel concept — you know the saying. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. For whatever the reason, we have been taught that we need to speak up and take our share before it’s gone — we’ve got to grab the bull by the horns and take charge of our lives.
In the midst of all of that, my friends, I think we have forgotten two very important things:
- God created us in His image. Listen to Genesis 1:26-27 (ESV)
26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
- One reason God created us was for His Glory. Read Isaiah 43:7 (ESV)
7everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
So, based on all of this information, here is the question I have: If God created us in His image, and He created us for His Glory, then why are we so worried about ourselves, and not Him?
My friends, I believe it is time for us to stop tooting our own horn, time for us to stop worrying about just ourselves. It is time to remember why we were created, and to remember that the horn we need to toot is God’s Horn, not ours. I’m telling you, the sooner you learn that, embrace that, and promote that, the better off you will be.
Now, please pray with me the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray:
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. Amen.