It is one of those deep Mysteries, which will never be understood, save in Heaven, in the Light and Love of Almighty God. For it may be, that, in Hell, it will be part of the misery of the damned, still to rebel against the Justice of God, as here against His Love and Righteous Will. One only difficulty there is, of which all the rest are but offshoots, "Whence is evil amid the Works of an All-Good, All-Wise, God?" And if man, living in this corner of the Creation, bounded in his understanding, looking but a little way along a little space, be not humble enough to say, "I cannot know, God has not revealed it," there is nothing before him, but to say with the fool, "There is no God." If we shrink back from this, as we must, and believe, and know, and confess, and glory, and think in our inmost souls, that, be this how it may, (we know not, need not to know, cannot know now, wish not to know,) since we know this which alone concerns us, that God is very good to us, then we shall go on, and with the Psalmist "Praise God in His Holiness," for "His Mercy is over all His Works," although we understand not His Dealing with any of them.

There are but two resting-places in the whole range of thought about God; the one a loving, implicit, child-like faith, which, although it understands not, believes every Word of God, because it loves Him, and "bends not the Thoughts of God to be as its thoughts, but yields and casts down its every thought to be obedient to the Thoughts of God; the other, entire unbelief, which ends in dethroning God, making God a part of the world, and itself a part of God. All else is only moving in the one way or the other. ...

... And so will ye, too, Brethren, and putting from you all thoughts, "how it can be thus?" think only, reverently though sadly, "hath not He Who is Love, God Who, for Love of us men, became Man, said, it shall be thus?"

 

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