Peter Leithart on "The Cultural Consequences of Christian Division"
"We came unto the land whither thou sentest us … we saw the children of Anak there." (Num. 13:27, 28)
It is when we are in the way of duty that we find giants. It was when Israel was going forward that the giants appeared. When they turned back into the wilderness they found none.
Source: Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.
All emphasis mine.
We can do nothing, but only continually keep committing everything to Him and leaving it in His hands. And so our lives will come to be lost in His, and we will realize that the “pure life of God” is over all, and that He will work in us whatever is well pleasing in His sight. Our only part in this great work is to stop working. Abiding, resting, believing,—these are our part; Christ does all the rest.
Whether in temptation or in service, it is the same. If we cease from our own plans and our own activities and leave the whole care and ordering of our work to Him, He will plan for us, will work through us, and will use us as His instruments to accomplish His own purposes of love and mercy. The responsibility will be all His, the simple obedience only ours. And who can understand the peace of heart that we find in this, except those who have experienced it? Everywhere and in everything, we are nothing and Christ is all!
Oh that this truth might be brought home to the heart of every child of God. The promise is certain that “they which hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled.” But the fulfillment is all in Jesus. He in the believer instead of all the so called created habits of grace which we ourselves may develop. So that we shall not be filled with any goodness of our own, nor with any righteousness to which we can lay claim as an independent possession, but we shall be filled simply with Jesus and His righteousness. For He Himself says: “I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” Our hunger and our thirst are all satisfied forever in Him!
Source: Smith, H. W., & Dieter, M. E. (1997). The Christian’s secret of a holy life: the unpublished personal writings of Hannah Whitall Smith. Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.