Patient Faith & Diligent Work


How does that old quotation go, again?

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.

Saint Augustine

I do not consider myself a sage fit to dispense such nuggets of profundity. But since the road I am traveling seems to cleave a path between these dependencies, I can share the view.

Back when life was sort of slumping along at its own pace, it felt like the obstructions were the limits. Seriously, what in my life really depended on me—make it or break it, succeed or fail? And if there was anything, was it so far out of my reach as to force me to concede it ALL depended on God? Drawing a blank…

But this journey has been different, on both sides of that quotation. Clearly, God is the one who calls and moves people to respond to Him with generous acts of worship. What have I to do with eliciting that!?!?

Better pray.

And yet… I have had to learn that I do have something to do with that. It’s my phone call to a dear saint which sets up the meeting where it is my mouth and my slides God uses to do the calling and the moving of a heart.

Better work.

Oh, that’s what Augustine means…

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Proverbs 16:9

So we have been learning to keep prayerfully depending on God to accomplish what we cannot, while trying to be faithfully dependable to do the work we must.

Do any of you know what that’s like? Have you seen that in your own life? Leave a comment below—we would love to hear from you.

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One response to “Patient Faith & Diligent Work

  1. There’s nothing more profound than our partnership with God. If we don’t do everything we possibly can think of or imagine, to make his work work, then we are not holding up our end of the bargain. And yet, there are those things we simply cannot do. This is where prayer comes in. The pendulum keep swinging, but St Augustine’s words have never been more true.

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