When was the last time God worked alone? If you start at the end of your Bible and flip backwards, you'll have gone through it in its entirety before you reach the answer: the creation of the entire universe. God, who was before all, caused the universe to come into being by His very word. Since then, God has not worked alone. He has worked with and through humanity. Even our very redemption was done through a man who was truly human. His incarnation as Jesus was perhaps the pinnacle of His working through humanity.
But why is this important? It's because there's a dangerous idea out there that all we have to do is say "Thy will be done" and God's will shall be done. We don't pass an exam by saying "I will pass this test". We do not appease our appetites by saying "I shall eat my fill". We will never bring God's will to fruition if we simply declare it to be so. We must act. We are not helpless infants whose cries are answered with milk or food or toys. We are children of God; God seeks responsible children who can carry out His work on earth. Our faith that God's will shall be done is worthless if we are not willing to carry out His will!
Faith Without Works
What good is faith without works? Recall the letter of James:
- What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:14-17)
Carrying out God's Will
The story of the sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham is interesting -- when Isaac asks Abraham where the sheep for the holocaust is, Abraham replies "God Himself will provide the sheep". How we misinterpret that! How often we say "God will provide" and then wait for Him to provide! If we place our trust in God and then refuse to have anything to do with our fellow man because they are not God, how will we ever carry out God's will? As important as each one of us individually is to God, we cannot forget that we are all God's children, and cannot cut ourselves off from each other.
God does not work alone. He seeks to have His will carried out through each of us. The sooner we see Christ in others -- in the poor, the oppressed, the hungry, the homeless -- the sooner they shall see Christ in us. Let God's work be done through you. Let God's will be done! You do it!