Whose Own Strength

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God describes a ruthless people known as the Chaldeans in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk.

As I was reading the description, a line stood out to me–

“Then they sweep past like the wind and go on– guilty people, whose own strength is their god.”

–Habakkuk 1:11

They were a people who were feared because they would go out in war and conquer other nations.

Becoming so powerful, I suppose their ability to achieve and maintain this reputation might have been the thing they were most proud of.

Their own strength being their god?

They must have been consumed with their own importance and presumed greatness.

I heard someone reading the other day.

They read, “God helps those who help themselves.”

In pondering those words this afternoon, I thought how this is not correct.

God helps the helpless.

He helps you.

He helps me.

Our frail strength should never be something we trust in.

Any of our successes are blessings from God.

We need to look to God for all our strength.

We should praise Him for all our successes—always.

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