The things I find while looking for something else!  This from a strange little book called “Gleanings in Holy Fields”.

He (God) chooses the weak things of the world to confound the mighty: and by the foolishness of preaching He brings about the subjugation of the world, and the conversion of its kingdoms into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And we keep this glorious treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God. It is evidently God’s design to subdue our pride by the humbleness of the agencies with which He accomplishes His grand designs in nature and grace. He knows how prone we are to leave Him out of account if the instrumentality is in itself sufficiently great and apparently adequate; and therefore He makes the instrumentality trivial, in order that we may look beyond it to a mightier power.

This method of teaching us keeps us in such a humble frame of mind that we are ready to accept help from any quarter. God has to make us willing in the day of His power, in order that we may fall in with His mode of deliverance. The greatest obstacle is usually in ourselves, in our proud heart of unbelief. The miracle of faith has to be wrought in our own hearts first, in bringing our proud imaginations low, in order that we may be prepared for the miracle that is to remove mountains for us outside. And such a humbling of us will teach us the great lesson, that with God all things are possible ” that He has infinite resources for every emergency in the most unexpected ways and un looked for places, so that in the most trying circumstances we need not despair. And it will also teach us to use the things that are in our own hands, for we can never know what powers of helping us these common familiar things may possess until we put them to the test.

Macmillan, Hugh. Gleanings in Holy Fields. 1899. Reprint. London: Forgotten Books, 2013. 124-5.


Macmillan, Hugh. Gleanings in Holy Fields. 1899. Reprint. London: Forgotten Books, 2013. 124-5.

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