“Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,
Though his height was like the height of cedars
And he was strong as the oaks;
I even destroyed his fruit above and his root below.” Amos 2:9
We tend to go through life thinking we’ve done this and that, smugly polishing our fingernails with self-satisfaction. We often credit our keen intellect, wise planning or determination for accomplishments. Rarely do we even think that we were simply lucky! No, just better than everyone else! But this is the point of Amos 2:9. Israel took credit when it was all due God. The key words, “Yet it was I.” He says to us, I’m the one who knocked down the barriers, who kept you safe, gave you direction, and got you that position. Yet you take the credit. What’s keeping the Lord from reversing all our fortunes? A good old-fashioned repent is in order!