“For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven ; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” (Zechariah 4:10).
“God, to exhibit the more his power, begins with small things in building his spiritual temple; nothing grand is seen to attract the eyes and thoughts of men, but everything is almost contemptible. God indeed could put forth His power immediately, and thus rouse the attention of all men and fill them with wonder. But his purpose is to increase, by doing wonders, the brightness of his power, which he does when from a small beginning he brings forth what no one would have thought; and besides, His purpose is to prove the faith of His people, for it behooves us ever to hope beyond hope!”
“Now, when the beginning promises something great and sublime, there is no proof and no trial of faith; but when we hope for what does not appear, we give due honor to God, for we depend only on his power, and not on the proximate means. There is no one who does not sometimes become cold when he sees the beginning of the Church so lowly before the world and so destitute of any dignity. But we know that Christ is the Chief Builder and that ministers are workmen who labor under Him.”
(By John Calvin, Devotions & Prayers of John Calvin, Charles E. Edwards, Editor, “Still Waters Revival Books,” p. 94, www.PuritanDownloads.com)