The Israelites were standing at the edge of the Red Sea with the Egyptians hot on their heels rushing to take God’s people back into slavery. That’s when Moses utters the words of Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
What happens next shows us that for us to see God's providence we need to be faithful in carrying out His commands. “Then the Lord said to Moses...Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground” (Exodus 14:15-16).
Trusting doesn’t mean “letting go and letting God.” Trust is meant to be accompanied by hard work because we believe that God often produces results through our hard work.
More often than not, it is through our faithfulness and hard work that God chooses to deliver that fruit. Trusting God and working hard are not mutually exclusive. They are ideas meant to be held in a healthy tension.
Paul says, "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow." (1 Corinthians 3:6-7)
Let us follow John Piper's saying: “My job is faithfulness. God’s is fruitfulness.”
Have a good day.
Mike and Daphne