Who Made You to Differ?

“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” {I Corinthians 4:7}

I have been pondering this statement by the Apostle Paul to some of the seemingly proud, puffed up {vs.6} Corinthian believers.

Who had made me to differ?

I asked myself these questions…

Why was I born in a country with a church on every corner, where I can worship God as I please? A country awash in Bibles?

Why was I not born in North Korea or Afghanistan or some impoverished third world country instead of this blessed nation?

Why was I raised in a good stable home with great parents instead of an unstable or broken home?

Why was I given a Christian education?

Why have I never been one day without a job for 32 years?

Why have I enjoyed relatively good health?

Who gave me Christian grandparents?

Who gave me a praying mother?

Who broke my hard heart and opened my blinded eyes to the gospel?

Why do I have a wonderful wife?

Why do I have four terrific children?

Why do I have a comfortable home to live in and good cars to drive?

Who hath made me to differ?

What do I have that I didn’t receive?

What if, like in the case of Job, He took it all away tomorrow?

As the hymn writer said,

“When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”

“Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” {Psalm 100:3-4}

I want to thank Him and praise Him because He deserves it all. – Shawn

“We have no reason to be proud of our attainments, enjoyments, or performances; all that we have, or are, or do, that is good, is owing to the free and rich grace of God. Boasting is for ever excluded. There is nothing we have that we can properly call our own: all is received from God. It is foolish in us therefore, and injurious to him, to boast of it; those who receive all should be proud of nothing” – Matthew Henry

“Who maketh thee to differ?” Let us recollect that if we live very near to Christ, we should have lived quite as near to hell if it had not been for saving grace.” 

“There have been many who would do well if they would learn that they have nothing beyond what God has given them. And the more God has given them, the more they are in debt. Why should a man boast because he is deeper in debt than another?”

 “Oh be not rashly self-confident, Christian man. Be as confident as you can in your God, but be distrustful of yourself. Ye may yet become all that is vile and vicious, unless sovereign grace prevent and keep you to the end. But remember if you have been preserved, the crown of your keeping belongs to the Shepherd of Israel, and ye know who that is.” – C.H. Spurgeon 

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