I know how to be brought low,
and I know how to abound.
In any and every circumstance,
I have learned the secret of facing
plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippian 4:12-13 ESV
Even a little faith, Jesus said, may move God to move mountains, so what may a little more faith do? All Great Ideas (there is a mountain that surely would be better over there!!) originate with our Great God, and He surprises the world (and sometimes maybe even the church) by planting the seeds of even His Greatest Ideas in the hearts and minds of even the least of His disciples (see 2 Corinthians 4:7 ‘we have this treasure in jars of clay…’). This second brief post on the theme of doing all things also comes from Charles Spurgeon…
Charles Spurgeon said…. “Our age is the age of littleness, because there is always a clamor to put down any gigantic idea. Everyone praises the man who has taken up the idea, and carried it out successfully; but at the first, he has none to stand by him. All the achievements in the world, both political and religious, at any time, have been begun by men who thought themselves called to perform them, and believed it possible that they could be accomplished.
“A parliament of wiseacres would sit upon any new idea—sit upon it, indeed—yes, until they had utterly destroyed it! They would sit as a coroner’s inquest, and if it were not dead, they would at least put it to death while they were deliberating.
“The man who shall ever do anything is the man who says, ‘This is a right thing; I am called to do it; I will do it. Now, then, stand up all of you—my friends or my foes, whichever you will—it is all the same; I have God to help me, and it must and shall be done.'”
From a sermon delivered on November 18th, 1860, by the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon, at Exeter Hall, Strand.