One constant pitfall we must watch for is taking credit for something that God does in or through us, or using the gifts and callings of God for self-exaltation.
In that light, it may be easier to handle poverty, weakness, or insignificance, than wealth, ability, power or authority, since poverty and frailty are not normally things we boast about, and they cause us to recognize our need for God.
Prosperity, on the other hand, can lead to pride, covetousness, and self-sufficiency.
Saul, who came from a humble background, was anointed king of Israel, yet his heart was revealed when the Lord exalted him. But he exulted in his own position, eventually coveting it so severely he became a fierce enemy of God. The Lord then removed His spirit from Saul, and the true condition of the man became apparent to everyone.
Even the great Solomon, whose gifting, anointing, and prosperity were unsurpassed in some ways, seems to have taken for granted his abilities and wealth. Rationalizing his blatant disobedience to God’s law, he fell into idolatry and brought disaster to the Kingdom of Israel. This seems amazing, given the fact that Solomon’s most precious gift was his wisdom.
Be careful how you handle the gifts and successes that God gives you! Enjoy His blessings as you serve in your family, business, or ministry.
But never forget where it all comes from, and to whom the glory belongs, because if you do, He will be sure to remind you.
by George Whitten