Keep Working and Leave the Worrying to God
“We are not builders or master builders, but only servants and workers. It is not ours but our God and Savior’s own work that is carried out among us. If it stands, it stands for Him. If it falls, it falls for Him. If it stands, the gates of hell shall not overcome it [Mt. 16:18]. Should it fall, we will not be able to preserve it. All our racing and running, all our concern and worrying will not change a thing. Therefor we cast all our cares upon Him [I Pt. 5:7]. Care and worry is His affair. Our matter is that we, as faithful servants, each do and perform his mandated office and work so long as it is day. So let us have courage to continue to build, and to be faithful to see to it that we remain on the one foundation that is laid [I Cor. 3:11-14], that we build according to the rule and measure that once was given to the saints, and hold before our eyes the goal that this heavenly vocation in Christ places before us. Let us continue to gather together one congregation after another, to found one school after another, to prepare preachers and teachers. Not that we make a name for ourselves, but hat His name be hallowed; not that our kingdom grow, but that His kingdom come; not that our plans be carried out, but that His will be done not that everyone should please us, but that we, as God wills, direct all the world to their Lord and Savior, that by all means, some be saved. If we build on the foundation [which is Christ] and have only that goal before our eyes, then let the passing rain [Platzregen] fall, let the water rise, and let the wind blow against the house. Let everything that men can bring come against the house! “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved… The Lord of hosts is with us the God of Jacob is our fortress.” [Ps. 46:4-5, 7]. Amen.”
H.C. Schwan “Are the Best Years of the Synod Behind Us?” 1862.