Our work of deliverance, or His?

Our work of deliverance, or His.

"...Let God work for us, when the hour of the trial of our faith comes, and do not work a deliverance of our own. Whenever God has given faith, it is given, for the very purpose of being tried...

Yea, however weak our faith may be, God will try it; only with the restriction, that as in every way, He leads on so gently, gradually, patiently, so also with reference to the trial of our faith.

At first our faith will be tried very little in comparison with what it may be afterwards; for God never lays more up on us that He is willing to enable us to bear. Now when the trial of faith comes, we are naturally inclined to distrust God, and to trust rather in ourselves, or in our friends, or maybe our circumstances.

We will rather work a deliverance of our own somehow or other, than simply look to God and wait for His help. But if we do not patiently wait for God's help, if we work a deliverance of our own, then at the next trial of our faith it will be thus again, we shall be again inclined to deliver ourselves...

And thus with every fresh instance of that kind, our faith will decrease.

...On the contrary, were we to stand still, in order to see the salvation of God, to see His hand outstretched on our behalf, trusting in Him alone, then our faith would be increased - and with every trial of our faith, our faith would be increased yet more as we wait on Him to deliver instead of delivering ourselves in our own way...

Would the believer have his faith strengthened, he must give time to God... Who tries our faith in order to prove to us, His children, in the end, how willing He is to help and deliver us - THE MOMENT IT IS GOOD FOR US."

("Answers to Prayer" by George Mueller)

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