Thursday, 22 October 2020
Title: God’s Enabling Power!
By: Cecilia Tan 陈俊芳
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
The psalmist in Psalm 121 paints the world as a hostile and threatening place and realizes that his life’s journey is fraught with danger. He raises the question: “Where does my help come from?” Verse 2 is his immediate answer – he declares God is his Helper and Maker, being convinced that his dependence upon God will not be in vain.
How so? Depending on a God who desires to help but whose power is inadequate will not bring comfort or hope. But the psalmist here knows for a fact that the God he is counting on to walk alongside him on his life’s perilous journey, stands above all of creation as its all powerful Maker!
What a tremendous sense of relief to know his deliverer wants to help and has more than sufficient power to do so! Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You.”
Undoubtedly the psalmist also has the unshakable conviction that God loves him beyond measure and is certain that his Helper and Maker will sustain him through every storm of life. Hence, he has learned to cast his hopelessness, despair and fear of the unknown at the feet of God and draw strength from God’s promise in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Countless individuals have navigated the storms of life by emulating the psalmist’s complete trust in the enabling power of God. They have been able to face every situation with calmness and confidence, knowing that with God’s sustaining power, they can still live meaningful and fruitful lives for the glory of God! Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Fanny Crosby (1820-1915), the famous American hymn-writer was one such individual. She became blind when she was only six weeks old. Instead of becoming bitter and questioning God, she decided to trust Him for her future and devoted her life to writing hymns in praise of God’s goodness and mercy.
Fanny even considered her blindness a blessing and proclaimed: “Oh what a happy soul am I, although I cannot see. I am resolved that in this world, contented I shall be. How many blessings I enjoy, that others don’t. To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t!”
Before her death at 95 years of age, Fanny had composed more than 8,000 hymns and spiritual songs, many of which are our favourite hymns today e.g. “ Blessed Assurance”, “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me”, “Draw Me Nearer”, “Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross” and “To God Be The Glory”.
We can see God’s enabling power at work also in the life of Nick Vujicic, an Australian-American Christian evangelist who is also a world-renowned motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, coach and entrepreneur. Born in 1982 without arms and legs, Nick grew up facing countless challenges and suffered from depression and loneliness. However his unstoppable faith and trust in God enabled him to rise above his overwhelming struggles to become a successful motivational speaker.
Over the years Nick has travelled the world motivating millions to find hope and meaning in life despite living with disabilities. He has spoken in 73 countries and has millions of followers on Instagram and Facebook!
Through “Life Without Limbs”, an international non-profit organisation and “Attitude is Altitude”, a secular motivational company, Nick continues to inspire millions and bring them closer to Jesus, his trusted Lord and Saviour who is also his Helper and Maker! Nick’s most famous quote is “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!”
Fanny Crosby and Nick Vujicic allowed hope and joy into their lives despite facing challenges that rocked their very foundations! Deprived of normal physical abilities, they have not only managed to live their lives with tremendous grace under pressure, but are able to spark joy and hope in the lives of millions! Should we not expect far more from ourselves… we who are blessed with sight and limbs?
Indeed, may our hearts be willing to reject a lonely, bitter and fearful existence in this pandemic and similarly trust in GOD’S ENABLING POWER as how Fanny and Nick did. Empowered by divine help, may we creatively seek to soar on wings like eagles and be used by God for His glory!
Our Heavenly Father, this is a very challenging world we live in today, filled with many fears and uncertainties. Only one thing is certain: only You, our Almighty God and Creator can dispel our fears for You are our all-powerful Maker who loves us and desires to help us in our time of need. May we learn to trust in You more each day. May we, by Your enabling power, rise above debilitating circumstances and continue to serve You with joy and gladness. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
诗人在诗篇121中将世界描绘成一个充满敌意和威胁的地方，并意识到他的人生道路充满了危险。他提出了一个问题：“我的帮助从何而来？”第2节是他立即的回应 – 他宣告上帝是他的帮助者和创造者，坚信他对上帝的依靠不会是徒然的。