It Is of God’s Work

Then Samuel took a stone, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us. – 1 Samuel 7:12

“Hitherto the LORD hath helped us.” Note, beloved, that they did not stand still and refuse to use their weapons, but while God was thundering they were fighting, and while the lightnings were dashing in the foeman’s eyes they were making them feel the potency of their steel. So that while we glorify God we are not to deny or to discard human agency. We must fight because God fighteth for us. We must strike, but the power to strike and the result of striking must all come from Him. You see they did not say, “Hitherto our sword hath helped us, hitherto Samuel has encouraged us.” No, no-“hitherto the Lord has helped us.” Now you must admit that everything truly great must be of the Lord. You cannot suppose a thing so great as the conversion of sinners, the revival of a Church can ever be man’s work…Where there is little work done men often take the credit themselves, but where there is great work done, they dare not…Many wonders I have seen, but I never saw yet a man who arrogated the honor of his work to himself, whom God did not leave sooner or later…Did God make men strong that they may exalt themselves into His throne? What, doth the King of kings crown you with mercies that you may pretend to lord it over Him? What, doth He dignify you that you may usurp the prerogatives of His throne? No; you must come with all the favors and honors that God has put upon you, and creep to the foot of His throne and say, What am I, and what is my father’s house that Thou hast remembered me. “Hitherto the Lord hath helped us.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

https://www.blueletterbible.org/Comm/spurgeon_charles/sermons/0500.cfm

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