1513) Don’t Bother God

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     A caravan settled for the night, and the servant tending the camels came to report to the chief.

     “Are all the camels tied for the night?” asked the chief.

     “I tied up all the camels, except for my own,” replied the servant.  “So great is my faith and trust in God that I have left my camel outside untied, knowing that God will protect the interests of those who love him.”

     The chief looked at the man with great anger and said, “Go tie your camel, you fool!  God cannot be bothered doing for you what you are perfectly capable of doing for yourself!”

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Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.

–Attributed to Augustine, Ignatius, Martin Luther, and others


Philippians 2:12-13  —  Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Colossians 3:23-24  —  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Job 1:10b  —  You (God) have blessed the work of his hands.


Prosper our work, O Lord, so that our needs and the needs of all may be met, and there be no complaining in our streets; and even as your Son worked at a trade on earth, so give to all that labor pride in their work, a just reward, and joy both in supplying need and serving you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Service Book and Hymnal, 1958, Augsburg Publishing House (adapted).