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The man rejects the offer and says, "I have perfect trust in God to save me." As the water rises, a person in a boat offers to take him to safety.
The man again replies with his proclamation of trust and refuses the ride.
Obviously God wants us to be active and involved in bringing perfection to the world.
The second answer is that God made a system called "nature," through which He operates.
This is an excellent question and I think there are two answers.
First, God wants us to make the effort, not because He needs it, but because we need it. In the Talmud, a scoffer tells Rebbe Akiva: "You shouldn't be helping poor people, because it was God who made them poor, and by helping them you're going against God's plan!
that the deceitful race -- such hateful enemies and blasphemers of the name of Christ -- not be allowed further to infect and trouble this new colony." Jews were spared eviction because the Dutch West India Company was heavily dependent on Jewish investments.
Stuyvesant contented himself with subjecting the Jews to indignities: He denied them the right to serve in the military and forced them to pay extra taxes.
it is prudent for all who are considering marriage to undergo this test." (cited in Jewish Observer, May, 1986) Having trust in the Almighty gives a person peace of mind and serenity.
" Replies God, "You should have bought a ticket." While the obvious message is that "God helps those who help themselves," I imagine that God doesn't need someone to purchase a lottery ticket.