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Davidisms - Trust God, but Keep the Gunpowder Dry

There’s a Revolutionary War slogan that still holds true today: “Trust God, but keep the gunpowder dry.” I recently heard this same idea expressed another way: “Trust God, but lock your doors at night.” Think about it. God is indeed all-powerful, but he expects us to do our part as well. We are to trust God in all things. And turn to him in prayer. But we have a role to play, too. Consider the story of Nehemiah and his men as they rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem. Nehemiah was a great man of religious devotion and prayer. He sought the Lord’s protection. But Nehemiah also understood that he, too, had a role to play: “And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night” (Nehemiah 4:9). We need to do this as well. Trust in God, but also do our part. Just as Nehemiah and his men did. Wet gunpowder won’t let us fire our weapons when the enemy approaches. Unlocked doors won’t prevent the thief from entering our homes. There’s always a need for balance in life. Trust God, but keep the gunpowder dry.

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