George H. Morrison
The word commend is a much stronger word than might appear to the casual reader. It means far more than to recommend. It means to exhibit, to demonstrate, to prove. There are certain attributes of God which do not call for any special proof. They are universally and luminously evident if it be granted there is a God at all. Nobody asks for any special proof, for instance, that God has an arm which is full of power or that He claims wisdom as His own. Now many imagine that the love of God is similar to His power or His wisdom. They picture it as something lumious, written large on the working of His hands. And one thing we must all learn, if our faith is to be equal to the stress of things, is that this never is the Bible standpoint. The love of God is not self-evident, according to the teaching of the Scripture. It is not manifest as His power is manifest nor written on the nightly heavens like His wisdom. On the contrary, if it is a fact, it is one against which a thousand facts seem ranged, and some overwhelming argument is needed to put these militating facts to flight.
Think, for a moment, of some of the many things which seem to tell against the love of God. One is, for instance, the struggle for existence that is ceaselessly waged among all living creatures. Man fights with man and beast with beast and bird with bird and fish with fish. To the seeing eye all nature is a battlefield, and its children are fighting for their life. That is why Huxley1 wrote to Kingsley2 once, in a great discussion they were having, that he found no proof in nature of what is called the fatherhood of God. Then there are the facts of our experience, often so difficult to reconcile with love, the things that come to men who are God's children which we should never dream of doing to our children. Providence is hard to understand, as when the chair is empty and the grave is full, and the one taken so desperately needed. How many ...
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