Saturday, November 25, 2006

Mountains Turned to Plains


Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a
plain; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings,
crying, Grace, grace unto it. (Zechariah 4:7)

At this hour a mountain of difficulty, distress, or necessity may be in
our way, and natural reason sees no path over it, or through it, or
round it. Let faith come in, and straightway the mountain disappears and
becomes a plain. But faith must first hear the word of the Lord--"Not by
might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." This
grand truth is a prime necessity for meeting the insurmountable trials
of life.

I see that I can do nothing and that all reliance on man is vanity.
"Not by might." I see that no visible means can be relied on, but the
force is in the invisible Spirit. God alone must work, and men and means
must be nothing accounted of. If it be so that the Almighty God takes up
the concerns of His people, then great mountains are nothing. He can
remove worlds as boys toss balls about or drive them with their foot.
This power He can lend to me. If the Lord bids me move an Alp I can do it
through His name. It may be a great mountain, but even before my
feebleness it shall become a plain; for the Lord hath said it. What can I be
afraid of with God on my side?

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