August 20, 2013
Harry Emerson Fosdick writes:
“The experience of the race is clear that some things God never can do until he finds one who prays.”
God’s will, it seems, often depends upon our cooperation to use our God given ability to think and work. God provides the raw material but leaves it to us to create or build. As has been said:
“God stored the hills with marble but he never built a Parthenon. God fills the mountains with ore but God never made a needle or a locomotive.”
God uses people to carry out his desires, and praying people are in a better position to follow God’s directions.
Antonio Stradivari said:
“When any master hold ‘twixt chin and hand a violin of mine, he will be glad that Stradivari lived, made violins, and made them of the best…For while God gives them skill I give them instruments to play upon, God choosing me to help him…God could not make Antonio Stradivari’s violins without Antonio.”
Cooperate with God. Think. Work. Pray.
For it is through us that God most often chooses to accomplish his purposes.