The Gentleness of God
George H. Morrison
What exactly may be meant by greatness is a question that we need not linger to discuss. It is enough that the writer of this verse was conscious that he had been lifted to that eminence. That he had been in very sore distress is clear from the earlier verses of this chapter. His heart had fainted-his efforts had been vain-his hopes had flickered and sunk into their ashes. And then mysteriously, but very certainly, he had been carried upward to light and power and liberty, and now he is looking back over it all. That it was God who had so raised him up was, of course, as clear to him as noonday. He had sent up his cry to heaven in the dark, and to that cry his greatness was the answer. But what impressed him as he surveyed it all was not the infinite power of the Almighty; it was rather the amazing and unceasing gentleness wherewith that infinite power had been displayed. Thy gentleness has made me great, he cried. That was the outstanding and arresting feature. Tracing the way by which he had been led, he saw conspicuous a gentle ministry. And so tonight in brotherhood with him, and interpreting in the light of Christ that old expression, I should like to speak on the gentleness of God.
Let me say in passing that that wonderful conception is really peculiar to the Bible. I know no deity in any sacred book that exhibits such an attribute as that. Of course, when you have many gods, it is always possible that one of them be gentle. When the whole world is tenanted with spirits, some of them doubtless will be gentle spirits. But that is a very different thing indeed from saying that the one Lord of heaven and earth has that in His heart which we can dimly picture under the human attribute of gentleness. No prophets save the prophets of Israel ever conceived the gentleness of God. To no other poets save these Jewish poets was the thought of heavenly gentleness revealed. And so when we delight in this great t ...
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