Finding God: Who Gets Credit?

By Janet Perez Eckles:

When your accomplishments get you far, who gets credit? Yourself — or God?

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I took my two-year-old granddaughter by the hand and headed to the kitchen. “Okay, sweet angel, you and Nana will make pancakes together.”

The process was a bit messy, especially for me, her blind Nana. My granddaughter struggled to open the box of mix and crack the eggs. With a blend of patience and anticipation, I guided her hand as she “helped” me. But…sigh… I couldn’t see just how much mix poured in the bowl, nor did I know how much liquid was spilling on the counter. But we giggled, I praised her, we stirred and had a ball.

In the end she squealed, “I made it myself!”

You and I are the same, aren’t we? We are fooled into thinking we did it all. We go through life, sweating through each task before us. We squirm through tests to clutch that degree that will land the job of all jobs. We try harder and harder to secure that position that will come with benefits of comfort, opulence…or work night and day just to make the mortgage. We even plunge into ministries to prove we can serve God with talents that ooze from us.

No matter what we tackle, in the end we sit tall, with a grin that drips with satisfaction and the thought plays, “I did it myself!”

We do it all the time and so did the Israelites. They probably stared with contentment at the land they conquered, the armies they defeated, and the triumph they carried home.

But maybe one day, when David rested in his royal, red velvet chair, wisdom filtered through. And as he remembered the celebration that left his men dancing in the dirt streets, he might have shaken his head as he thought:

“It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; [Lord] it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them” (Psalm 44:3).

Goodness gracious, it’s not us, our efforts, our working late hours or knowledge that makes it happen. It’s God’s power in us, His guidance that is silent yet powerful, His provision, abundant and constant that will ultimately bring results.

Are you breathing a bit of relief? I am—no more fretting about what will turn out or not, what will succeed or fail, or even what will bring prosperity or not. God is the one in control and He’s the one who will orchestrate the steps so we can follow with peace in our hearts, security in our soul and confidence in Him. Why? Because He loves us like He loved those sometimes-proud and sometimes-wild Israelites.

Pray with me:

Father, how reassuring it is to know it’s not my work that will bring about contentment and satisfaction. But it’s you who holds on to me through each stage of life who will bring great outcome. Show me how to let go and rest in your ability to accomplish what I cannot on my own. In Jesus name I pray.

What do you think?

– When do tasks seem too much for you?

– How can you trust more in God’s power and less in your own?

– What happens when you exclude God’s input and guidance in a task you work on?

©Janet Perez Eckles.  Although blind, author and speaker Janet Perez Eckles has been inspiring thousands to see the best in life. Her mission is to ignite in you a passion to overcome and reach success and excellence. Janet’s most recent book is Hola Happiness: Finding Joy by Dancing to the Melody of God’s Word. You can find Janet and her Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channel links at: www.janetperezeckles.com.

See this neat YouTube video on how one athlete gave credit to God:

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