Monday, August 13, 2012

What About Welfare?

“Pray as if everything depends on God. Work as if everything depends on you.” –St. Augustine of Hippo
This quote may seem like an oxymoron.  Is it God or you?  Some say, “God helps those who help themselves,” but God is concerned with welfare.  What about when Jesus asked his disciples to give him their loaves and fishes so that he could perform a miracle?  To this day, God does stir hearts to give to those in need.  Generally though, since the Fall of Adam, God endows man with the strength to plow the land for what he eats.  In both cases everything we have comes from the hand of a gracious God.
He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment.  -Proverbs 12:11 (NIV)

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