Do All You Can

Do all you can and leave the rest to God.

About a dozen years ago, a tornado hit Happy, Texas. It did a lot of damage, but we were blessed in the fact that very few people were injured.

There was one couple, however, that was not so fortunate. It was a tragic event because people from the city had come by to urge them to leave their mobile home and go to a shelter provided for them, but they would not be convinced. They said that they would remain in their home and pray.

A few minutes later, this sweet man and his wife were dead and their precious son had become an orphan.

I have thought a lot about this couple in the years that have passed. I want you to know that I admire their faith and I certainly have no criticism for their decision to stay and pray. Having said that, it did teach me a valuable lesson: I believe that we are to pray to God for help but then we must do our part as well.

I think that it is the same in the times we live in now. We watch as our government encourages nations around us to flood our borders with their own children. We watch as our nation prints up money in order to debauch our financial system. We watch as our own leaders release terrorists back onto the battle field to have the chance to kill Americans once again.

And now our own government insists that we take part in a health care system wherein part of our premiums go to pay for abortions… and sex-change operations for boys who are feeling like girls and girls who are feeling like boys… and anything else that is perverse or sinful that men can contrive.

And sometimes, especially during times like these, we simply do not know what to do… so we do nothing. Or we pray to God – a good thing, in fact,the best thing we can do – but then we do nothing ourselves because we believe that God will take care of everything for us.

I believe that our nation is in the most serious spiritual crisis that it has faced since it began. I believe that the current situation is more serious than our times of war, and more serious than our times of depression. We need God’s help more than we have ever needed it before, but we need to understand this truth: God will only take care of the things that we cannot; He leaves everything else up to us. And while we do not always have a perfect knowledge of what to do, we still have the obligation to try to do what we can.

We need to be paying attention to the times that we live in. We need to then do all that we can within the framework of God’s word. And we then need to have the wisdom to turn everything else over to God, trusting in His power to take care of everything that we cannot.

Day after day, men came to help David… men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.

I Chronicles 12:21; 32

Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the Lord in front of the new courtyard and said… ’O our God,will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you .’”

II Chronicles 20:5; 12