Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional – Friday, December 1, 2017

Gabby Douglas at the 2016 Olympics. (Photo Courtesy: http://agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br/rio-2016/foto/2016-08/treino-da-equipe-de-ginastica-estado-unidense -- Author --Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil)

“And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26

Glory to God

During the 2012 women’s gymnastics team qualifying events, U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas said that she gained confidence from reading the Bible. After being the top qualifier for the individual all-around competition and successfully becoming the third consecutive U.S. Olympic all-around champion, Gabby was asked about her abilities and accomplishments.

In an interview she said, “The glory goes up to God and blessings come down to me.”

Why do we do the things we do? Is it to please self or gain recognition among mankind? God desires everything that we say and do to bring glory to Him (John 11:4).

When we listen and obey God and His Holy Word, we can expect His blessings and presence as a result. It’s not a matter of our own talents and strength that has gotten us where we are today. It is rather what God has provided for us, is doing for us, and will continue to do for us. He is the one who should have preeminence in our lives (Colossians 1:18).

— Samuel Miles

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