“The will of God prevails.
In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. God can not be for, and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party—and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose. I am almost ready to say this is probably true—that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere quiet power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.
Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.”
Two years ago, I happened upon this quote while reading this 944 page book by Doris Kearns Goodwin entitled, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”
They are the words of the 16th president of the United States, at quite possibly a time of the greatest upheaval and national unrest this country has ever experienced.
What is most amazing to me is how relevant his words are today.
During the Kennedy-Johnson civil rights era of the 1960’s, his words bellowed from the grave’s of Gettysburg. Sadly, I wonder was any body listening. The mantra of the day rang out “White is Right ” and from the other side of the street “No justice No Peace.” Both sides invoking God on their side.
In the ever raging battle over marriage, abortion and gender identification, where donkey’s and elephants still have not learn to pull together; the proffered solutions viewed by the opposition, are about as palatable as drinking dehydrated water.
As the battles rage on from Wall street occupied to the isles of congress in divide I hear a voice from the past saying in all of this the ALMIGHTY has his own purpose.
may the rest of our lives be the best of our lives…Have A Great Day!
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