Proverbs 16:18 reminds us as humility goes before honor, “pride goes before a fall.” Ever wonder why churches are powerful in one generation but empty the next? The Bible says the Lord will tear down the house of the proud (Proverbs 12:5). God hates arrogance. He hates it because we haven’t done anything to be arrogant about. Is there a Pulitzer for ink? Can you imagine a scalpel growing smug after a successful heart transplant? Of course not. They are only tools. So are we. We may be the canvas, the paper, or the scalpel, but we are not the one who deserves the applause.
David declares who does in the twenty-third Psalm. “He makes me, he leads me, he restores my soul…for his name’s sake.” For his name’s sake! No other name. This is all done for God’s glory. He takes the credit, not because he needs it, but because he knows we cannot handle it.