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ture on a great scale, and what the word of the Lord says to persons
is true for aggregations of persons, "Beloved, think it not strange
concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange
thing happened to you." It must needs be that peoples • which have
not been through the fiery ordeal, which is God's school of develop¬
ment for the accumulated strength of trial, must remain in weakness.
The accumulated strength of a patient overcoming on the part of a
soul or on the part of a people, is a permanent possession, and in the
end is worth all the cost. Ideas that have been wrought in by pain
and wrought out by patience are those which are permanent. The
•working and the waiting, the injustice and reactions to the confirma¬
tions of justice, the wandering in the wilderness on the way to the
promised land, and the dying without the sight of it; the violence of
opposers as well as the hand of Christian sympathy, the hostility of
caste as well as brotherly kindness, these are all in the process.
This discipline, development, evolution, all in the end make for the
regeneration of the generations. If the process is hard, it is yet a
process in the providence of God, and it prevents weakness. No peo¬
ple who have a history have been exempt. All have found in this
way their inheritances. If this stumbles you, does it stumble you
any more than the fact of sin in the world ?
Again, if the missionary, or the philanthropist, or patriot, is likely
to be discouraged or disheartened because that which will surely take
many generations is not secured in one generation, he may call to
mind the fact that the providence of God is a continuous providence,
and as the great historian of France.saj-s, "its logic is not the less
conclusive for reasoning slowly." As Christians we may not forget
that the first fact of history is sovereignty of God. Men may oppose
this, and suffer and cause others to suffer, but they cannot hinder it.
The Omnipotent will is ceaselessly working. It has neither change
of purpose nor repose. Every detail of history, every attempt to
hinder and destroy that which God has purposed, works on and all
work together in combination and dependency until God's clock of
time shall strike the hour of his providence.
Very truly did Ex-Governor Bullock, of Georgia, recently testify
as to the present avowed purpose in our Congress to practically
annul the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments to our Constitution,
which confirm to white and black alike the rights of freedmen and
the privileges of citizenship, in saying, "this is not onty unpatriotic,
but for our section is bad politics." Yes it is, and it is one more of