Monday, January 14, 2008

Not our own, yet most truly ours

"There are, however, in the Book of God universal truths, and the wonderful thing about them is that they are at the same time more particularly adapted to you and me and all our innermost wants than anything we can discover for ourselves. That is the miracle of inspiration. For thousands and thousands of years some of the sayings here have comforted those who have well-nigh despaired in the desert of this world. The wisdom of millions of apostles, of heroes, of martyrs, of poor field laborers, of solitary widows, of orphans, of the destitute, of men driven to their last extremity, has been the wisdom of this volume -- not their own, and yet most truly theirs."

Mark Rutherford, The Revolution in Tanner's Lane, chapter 24.