his soul to Jesus has found the clue to the maze!"
Modern unbelief is so short of the quality that it seized the label,
and has advertised itself as HONEST doubt. It was in dire need of
a character. We lift our feeble voice on behalf of HONEST FAITH.
PROFOUND THOUGHTS ON FAITH AND DOUBT
Unbelief in the heart must see in every instance an effect following a cause, or else she doubts the cause: faith is in no such hurry. In Nature the more precious operations are slow: the process which produces mushrooms in a night is admirable, but there are nobler things than fungi, and these are not with us so suddenly.
To produce a certain condition the preceding phenomena may appear to be the reverse of likely: a June garden, all enwrought with many coloured flowers, must be preceded by the clouded weeping skies of April and the fitful changes of May. What then? Faith accepts the immutability of God's nature and promise as her solace and security against the perpetual changes of outward things; and looking behind the shifting scenery of the visible, she is not perplexed by adverse appearances. God worketh as he pleases. He explains not his methods, but bids us believe his promises. The most noxious elements may appear to be east into the alembic, and the smoke of a furnace may arise in the process, but the highest good is distilled in due time. At no moment in the forming of things would doubt be satisfied with them, for its criticisms are those of ignorance; but the believing man refrains from judging unfinished work. His eye is prophetic, and he sees the good which is to be in the end, and therefore plucks no apple till it is ripe. Hurry and worry, fret and sweat, are for short-sighted passion; but rest and quiet, force and prudence, are with strong confidence.