To Him Who Is Able
Insights by Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD
By Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD | August 01, 2014
"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21, NKJV).
God reminded me today that it’s not about me. It’s not about what I can do or achieve.
Sometimes I internalize the stress of all I have before me. I essentially say, “God, step aside. I’m going to do this.”
Or, in fact, the reality is that I forget I’m not alone. I forget that I am living my calling. That someone called me to this profession. That someone created me for this and equips me for it. I forget that none of this was my idea. That all of this existed before I came to be. That all of this was anticipated since the beginning of time.
When did time begin? God always was, is and is to come. He never changes, and He is never blindsided. We sometimes cause Him to grieve decisions He makes concerning us. And we sometimes grieve our own mistakes.
If we really take a moment to step aside and let God step in, we realize there is something more. That there is something beyond our stress. Something bigger. Something more meaningful. Something divine.
We realize that there is One who is able to bear all that stress. One who is able to show us why we need not stress. One who we don’t realize we are afraid to trust. Because we are taught to trust ourselves more than Him. Because we are taught that the effect we see before us is entirely and uniquely dependent on our individual cause and effort.
That way of thinking precludes the supernatural move of God, as His hand weaves the fabric of our lives. When we yield to Him, we give up the needle and thread in our hands. We hand them over to Him.
We say, “Lord, save me. Take my life, and let me be consecrated to Thee. Take my hand and let me lead, with you at the helm of my ship. Let me lead others to you, by being an example of you. Let me be your instrument, as you write and right the course of this world. Let me be your vessel that you fill up with your grace, love, compassion and mercy that I can splash onto those I impact. For my patients, colleagues, teachers, family and friends. Let me be the lantern that carries your light. That shows them the way to you.”
When we reorient our perspective in such a way, we realize we can give everything to Him. We can place it all in His hands.
He will do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. When we let His power work in us, we hand Him our will. We invite Him to spread His glory in His church through Jesus Christ, to all generations.
As I reflect on the fact that it’s not about me and what I can achieve, I am comforted that it is about Him who calls, equips, empowers, enables and exceeds.
He calls us to excel as His ambassadors wherever He take us.
Will you yield it all to Him today? Will you give Him your hand and let Him guide you? Let Him impress you with His power and grace. Seek His face.