A Preacher’s View Of Himself

As an elderly man, having preached God’s Word for almost 60 years, John Leland wrote the following about himself . . .

If God formed me with talents to be an expositor of the Holy Scriptures, I have criminally neglected to improve the talents which he gave me; for now, when I am eighty-six years old, I have not the least understanding of the last nine chapters of Ezekiel; and the same is true of a great part of the Bible.  I read commentators, but remain ignorant.  My prayer is, that I may know and practise the truth, but I remain under the cloud, grovelling in the dark.

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are his judgments, and His ways past finding out!  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counsellor?  Or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?  For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.  Amen.”  Romans 11:33-36

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  Romans 12:3