Following the scripture below is a great quote from the South African writer, Andrew Murray [1828-1917]. It contains great wisdom for today.
We call Abraham “Father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture: God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples?” Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. — Romans 4:17 [MSG]
As we cease from self and our soul becomes still, to God, God will arise and show Himself…Christ, in His death, in His life, in His perfected redemption, the soul may be still, and God will come in, take possession, and do his perfect work. But God Himself must work it. And for this end our working must cease. We must see how entirely it is to be the faith of the operation of God, who raised Jesus from the dead. — Andrew Murray [How Great is Our God, 6/28]