imperial lot. Fortune, I fear, hath oftenest come When we forgot ? when we forgot! A lovelier faith their happier crown, But history laughs and weeps it down: Know they nor well how seven times seven, Wronging our mighty arms with rust, We dared not do the work (if heaven, Lest heaven should hurl us in the dust? The work of heaven! ?Tis waiting still The sanction of the heavenly will. Unmeet to be profaned by praise Is he whose coils the world enfold; The God on whom I ever gaze, The God I never once behold: Above the cloud, above the clod, The unknown God, the unknown God.?
In pleasing contrast to William Watson?s Unknown God, is the God of Rudyard Kipling?s Recessional: ?God of our fathers, known of old ? Lord of our far-flung battle line ? Beneath whose awful hand we hold Dominion over palm and pine ? Lord God of hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget ? lest we forget! The tumult and the shouting dies ? The captains and the kings depart ? Still stands thine ancient Sacrifice, An humble and a contrite heart. Lord God of hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget ? lest we forget! Far called our navies melt away ? On dune and headland sinks the fire ? So, all our pomp of yesterday Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! Judge of the nations, spare us yet, Lest we forget ? lest we forget! If, drunk with sight of power, we loose Wild tongues that have not thee in awe ? Such boasting as the Gentiles use, Or lesser breeds without the Law ? Lord God of hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget ? lest we forget! For heathen heart that puts her trust In reeking tube and iron shard ? All valiant dust that builds on dust, And guarding calls not thee to guard ? For frantic boast and foolish word, Thy mercy on thy people, Lord!?
These problems of God?s providential dealings are intelligible only when we consider that Christ is the revealer of God, and that his suffering for sin opens to us the heart of God. All history is the progressive manifestation of Christ?s holiness and love and in the cross we have the key that unlocks the secret of the universe. With the cross in low, we can believe that Love rules over all, and that ?all things work together for good to them that love God? ( <450828>Romans 8:28).
II. PROOF OF THE DOCTRINE OF PROVIDENCE. 1. Scriptural Proof
The Scripture witnesses to:
A. A general providential government and control
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