But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. (Neh. 4:9)


“PLAY YOUR PART, NOT HIS!” In high school, I was in the drama club and played many different parts. Early in the practice for my first play, I had the bad habit of mouthing the other actors’ parts as they spoke. The director recognized the problem and addressed it in a very sharp manner. I had to learn very quickly to focus on my part and to let the other actors do the same. Anticipating their parts would degrade the entire performance, mine and the others.

In the same way, we cannot do God’s part in anything; we would only spoil it. But, he passionately wants to be part of our lives. Including God in our lives is essential to those who believe. Asking for his will is far better than asking for our own. Nehemiah and the people of Israel asked God to do his part, and then they did theirs.

Today we can do the same. Asking the Lord to perform his miracles and hidden works is still an option, but then we must not sit back and wait for him to do everything. In his power and by his side, we will be unconquerable. The God of all creation works in us, for us, and through us whether facing easy or tough times in life. Play your part, not his!


Play your part, and ask God to play his.


Randall A. Forbes is director of plant operations at Kingswood University. With a flair for the artistic, Randy’s secular life experience contributes to his unique perspective and application of biblical truths.


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