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Daily Reflection -12 Asmá’ (Names)
September 1, 2018 - September 2, 2018
The effort required is prodigious, the conditions under which these preliminary establishments are to be made are often unattractive and unfavorable,the workers who are in a position to undertake such tasks limited, and the resources they can command meager and inadequate.
And yet, how often has the pen of Baha’u’llah assured us that “should a man, all alone, arise in the name of Baha, and put on the armor of His love, him will the Almighty cause to be victorious, though the forces of earth and heaven be arrayed against him.”
Has He not written:
“By God, besides Whom is none other God!
“Should anyone arise for the triumph of our Cause, him will God render victorious though tens of thousands of enemies be leagued against him.
“And if his love for me wax stronger, God will establish his ascendancy over all the powers of earth and heaven.”
“Consider the work of former generations,” ‘Abdu’l-Baha has written;
“During the lifetime of Jesus Christ the believing, firm souls were few and numbered, but the heavenly blessings descended so plentifully that in a number of years countless souls entered beneath the shadow of the Gospel.
“God has said in the Qur’an:
‘One grain will bring forth seven sheaves, and every sheaf shall contain one hundred grains.’
In other words, one grain will become seven hundred;
and if God so wills He will double these also.
It has often happened that one blessed soul has become the cause of the guidance of a nation.
Now we must not consider our ability and capacity, nay rather we must fix our gaze upon the favors and bounties of God, in these days, Who has made of the drop a sea, and of the atom a sun.”
Let those who resolve to be the first to hoist the standard of such a Cause, under such conditions, and in such territories, nourish their souls with the sustaining power of these words, and, “putting on the armor of His love,” a love which must “wax stronger” as they persevere in their lonesome task, arise to adorn with the tale of their deeds the most brilliant pages ever written in their country’s spiritual history.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 56)