A story is told about actor Charlton Heson that illustrates our need to do all we can and the trust God to do what we cannot.
It seems that during the making of the great epic movie, Ben Hur, Heston worked long hours with the stunt trainers to learn to drive a chariot for the movie’s crucial chariot race scene. He improved greatly in his mastery over the horses and rig, but finally became convinced the task was more of a challenge than he had initially anticipated. He approached the legendary director of the movie, Cecil B. De Mille about the scene.
“Mr. De Mille,” he said, “I’ve worked very hard at mastering this rig, and I think I can drive it convincingly in the scene. But I don’t think I can win the race.”
The director replied, “You just drive. I’ll do the rest.”
God has a way of orchestrating the various races we run during the course of our lives. He trusts us to do our part in “manning the rigs.” We must trust Him to determine the result of the race. As one engineer has said, “God provides the initial input. We provide the output. And God provides the outcome.“
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. ~ Psalm 100:3