God's Multiplication Table
"A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the
Lord will hasten it in his time." (Isaiah 60:22)
Works for the Lord often begin on a small scale, and they are none the worse for this.
Feebleness educates faith, brings God near, and wins glory for His name. Prize promises of
increase! Mustard seed is the smallest among seeds, and yet it becomes a treelike plant,
with branches which lodge the birds of heaven. We may begin with one, and that "a
little one," and yet it will "become a thousand." The Lord is great at the
multiplication table. How often did He say to His lone servant, "I will multiply
thee!" Trust in the Lord, ye ones and twos; for He will be in the midst of you if you
are gathered in His name.
"A small one." What can be more despicable in the eyes of those who count heads
and weigh forces! Yet this is the nucleus of a great nation. Only one star shines out at
first in the evening, but soon the sky is crowded with countless lights. Nor need we think
the prospect of increase to be remote, for the promise is, "I Jehovah will hasten it
in his time." There will be no premature haste, like that which we see at excited
meetings; it will be all in due time, but yet there will be no delay. When the Lord
hastens, His speed is glorious.