Proverbs 27:21-24 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise. Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him. Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
When trouble comes our way, as it sometimes does, as Christians we almost always run to the one who is our rock of security. We cry out to God. We cling to the everlasting promise that He will never leave us, nor forsake us.
Although troubles may be used by God to bring someone back, or draw him or her closer to God, life during a trial is not what will show the real character of a believer. The true heart of a Christian will be displayed in how they handle praise.
Solomon says, “As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.” Many have been seen at the altar of grace during adversity, but when put through the test of flattery and applause they fail to exalt this same God. Instead, they will seat themselves on the throne only God should be on.
Some churches do not praise anyone for their service to God. They do not clap for singers or show gratitude toward a speaker because they believe they are giving gratitude to a person, which belongs only to God. Although I do understand their belief, truly giving the glory to God is the responsibility of the one being praised.
The fool, as Solomon calls him, will always come out as a fool. No matter how they try to blend themselves in with believers, when they are given the chance to glorify God or flaunt what they have done, they make the wrong choice.
Praise, like wealth and fame, are temporary. However, God is eternal. Give whatever fleeting praise you may receive to God and He will give you eternal blessings in return. After all, He gave you your talents, the breath you breathe, and His flock with which to share your gifts. All praise always belongs to Him.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Don’t be afraid to let someone know you have been blessed by what they have done, but always be sure to praise God first.
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