1 Except Yahweh build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except Yahweh keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
AN ecclesia may possess good speakers, a shrewd executive, a first-rate hall, plenty of money, and yet die! If these possessions are to be of profit, the brethren must employ them as God's gifts, and as in His sight. Let us not forget that an ecclesia (if formed on the basis of the truth), with all its privileges and abilities, is of God's creation, and that its life is in His hands.
To hide this truth by ignoring Him, or by taking to itself praise which belongs to Him, is a sure road to ruin. We are so apt to be unwise in this matter-so prone to speak loudly and proudly of our achievements, whilst only feebly recognising that these, however great, can only have efficiency when God is pleased to note them.
To overlook God is not only madness; it is an insult which we cannot expect Him long to brook. If an ecclesia is to survive-to last and prosper-it must (and the importance of this demands all the emphasis we can command) acknowledge God, and by sincere and fervent prayer, incessantly solicit His help and co-operation.
Without this blessing collapse is inevitable.
"Neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase" (1 Cor. 3:7).
Bro AT Jannaway
The Christadelphian, Nov 1906
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
3 Lo, children are an heritage of Yahweh: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.