Martin Luther

“We have the saying: ‘God gives every good thing, but not just by waving a hand.’

God gives all good gifts; but you must lend a hand and take the bull by the horns.

  • Make the bars and gates, and let Him fasten them.
  • Labor, and let Him give the fruits.
  • Govern, and let Him give His blessing.
  • Fight, and let Him give the victory.
  • Preach, and let Him win hearts.
  • Take a husband or a wife, and let Him produce the children.
  • Eat and drink, and let Him nourish and strengthen you.
  • And so on.

In all our doings He is to work through us, and He alone shall have the glory from it.”

Exposition of Psalm 147, in Luther’s Works, Volume 14

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