It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.
Time for Mad Libs. Fill in the blanks as appropriate.
“It was not by my [your talent/skill/expertise] that I [achievement/victory/accomplished goal], nor did my [hard work/dedication/diligence] bring me [achievement/victory/accomplished goal]; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved me.”
Does that mean that talent is an illusion? That hard work is worthless? That you didn’t really do anything to deserve what you’ve achieved?
Not at all!
Does it mean that God cares who wins the Super Bowl?
I don’t think so.
What it does mean is that God is the beginning and the end. He created you for his own purpose and he blesses you because he loves you. God honors the hard work you put into your goals and you deserve to feel proud of your accomplishments. However, you should also always give thanks to the one who is ultimately responsible for it all.
I will point out also that your greatest accomplishments are the ones where you are serving God’s kingdom. Yes, getting a promotion is nice, but at the end of days, reaching out to your neighbor with love is a far greater accomplishment and will be rewarded in Heaven accordingly. And fear not failure. When God’s hand is involved, you can be assured of victory (even if that victory isn’t what you originally had in mind).