“In whatever man does without God, he must fail miserable–or succeed more miserably.” (George MacDonald)
Perhaps you have read some of the novels or sermons of Scotsman George MacDonald (1824-1905) whose writings were influential in bringing C. S. Lewis to faith in Christ. Lewis even compiled George MacDonald: An Anthology, a book I heartily recommend (Macmillan, 1974).
How easy it is to feel able and adequate and to do things without God! This means we don’t consult God’s will, pray for God’s guidance, depend on God’s strength or work for God’s glory. IT’s something we can handle ourselves, so why bother the Lord? Joshua took that approach when he attacked Ai–and failed miserably (Joshua 7); and David made the same mistake when he carried the ark to Jerusalem on a cart (2 Samuel 6). Either God works in us and through us or He doesn’t work at all (Philippians 2:12-13; Ephesians 2:10). There is no middle ground.
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