Thursday, March 26, 2009

God's Part - Man's Part

There is a great saying in Spanish.

"A Dios rogando
y con el mazo dando."

Even if you don't know Spanish you can see what a nice poetic feel it has. What it means is - "Crying out to God.
And swinging the hammer."

Many times we are in a quandry. What am I supposed to do? And what is God supposed to do? I know it is foolish for me to try to do it on my own.
But am I supposed to lay down in my hammock, pull my hat over my eyes, and pray that God would just do everything on my behalf?
Have you ever struggled to understand that balance? I do all the time...

Well, it appears that the clan of Joseph ended up being a bunch of whimps. (Joshua 16 -18).

14 "The people of Joseph spoke to Joshua: "Why did you give us just one allotment, one solitary share? There are a lot of us, and growing—God has extravagantly blessed us."
15 Joshua responded, "Since there are so many of you, and you find the hill country of Ephraim too confining, climb into the forest and clear ground there for yourselves in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim."
Logical enough. You need more room? You want more land? Go get it. Be a Caleb. Conquer the people, conquer the property. Go into the hills, knock down the trees and build to your hearts content.

16 But the people of Joseph said, "There's not enough hill country for us; and the Canaanites who live down in the plain, both those in Beth Shan and its villages and in the Valley of Jezreel, have iron chariots."
Whine, Whine, Whine! What a bunch of wimps!

17 -18 "Joshua said to the family of Joseph (to Ephraim and Manasseh): "Yes, there are a lot of you, and you are very strong. One lot is not enough for you. You also get the hill country. It's nothing but trees now, but you will clear the land and make it your own from one end to the other. The powerful Canaanites, even with their iron chariots, won't stand a chance against you."
In other words, "Get up off of your fat butts and get to work!!!"
So its a balance.
And work...

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