There can be no end without means; and God furnishes no means that exempt us from the task and duty of joining our own best endeavors. The original stock, or wild olive tree of our natural powers, was not given us to be burnt or blighted, but to be grafted on.
Some men possess means that are great, but fritter them away in the execution of conceptions that are little; others, who can form great conceptions, attempt to carry them into execution with little means. These two descriptions of men might succeed if united, but kept asunder, both fail. It is a rare thing to find a combination of great means and of great conceptions in one mind.
Means without God cannot help.—God without means can, and often doth.—I will use good means, but not rest in them.
We put things in order; God does the rest. Lay an iron bar east and west,—it is not magnetized. Lay it north and south, and it is.
The end must justify the means.
The means heaven yields must be embraced, and not neglected; else, if heaven would, and we will not; heaven's offer we refuse.
How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done!
All outward means of grace, if separate from the spirit of God, cannot profit, or conduce, in any degree, either to the knowledge or love of God.—All outward things, unless he work in them and by them, are in vain.