Deuteronomy 8:17-18 – And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
There is a rather old joke concerning some scientists who approached God. One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell Him that they were done with Him.
The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need you. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t you just go on and get lost.”
God listened very patiently and kindly to the man and after the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this, let’s say we have a man making contest.” To which the scientist replied, “OK, great!”
But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”
The scientist said, “Sure, no problem” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.
God just looked at him and said, “No, no, no. You go get your own dirt!”
Of course this funny story illustrate the arrogance of man to think that (1) we have it all figured out, and (2) we can do it all. While preposterous, this common sentiment flavors our outlook. When we say that our blessings are merely the result of our efforts, we ignore God and everyone else He provided before us and around us that contributed to our lives.
On the contrary, we must continually acknowledge God in all things (Proverbs 3:6). Do you have a secret conceit, something you claim to have accomplished completely on your own? If so, lay it at the feet of the Father from whom all blessings flow.