The Higher Will

By Edgar A. Guest

There is much we cannot see.

There is much we cannot know.

Why the sorrow has to be?

Why the heart must suffer so?

But faith blossoms out of pain

As the flowers after rain.

If God granted every prayer,

Made the will of man supreme,

Then more terribly unfair

Would the hurts and sorrows seem.

By the good allowed to me

Countless others wronged might be.

Falty judgment ours at best,

Since so much we cannot know.

None has ever rightly guessed

Whether good or ill the blow.

To grant all for which we plead

Might to greater sorrow lead.

Since we cannot understand

Why the disappointments fall,

For what purpose they are planned,

Faith must strengthen one and all,

Trusting God's will rather than

The self-serving will of man.

A Resolute Generation

There was a time when men were men of a resolute mind. Resolute to do what they thought to be right. Resolute in the carrying out of the difficult and, at the time, life threatening tasks. Resolute to stand firm on God's laws and commands.
Unfortunately, today we have left that determination to do what is right and just and have rather chosen to blend into the world around us. Christians in the last century have failed in being examples of Christ to the world. Instead of standing firm on the Word of God we have been blending with the world and its ideologies (See John 17:14; John 15:18-19; James 4:4 and 1 John 2:15). The Christian men that lived at the time of the American Revolution had that steadfastness that so many Christians of today have lost. So I thought it only fitting to give you a taste of that resolve and trust with the following quotes that you may be encouraged to stand firm on God's Word and principles.

Alexander Hamilton

"The Fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms, and false reasoning, is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges. You would be convinced, that natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator, to the whole human race; and that civil liberty is founded in that; and cannot be wrested from any people with out the most manifest violation of justice."

"I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man"

Shortly after the Constitutional Convention of 1787 Mr. Hamilton stated this;
"For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests."

Noah Webster

"Education is useless without the Bible."

"The Bible was America's basic text book in all fields."

In 1832 Noah Webster published "History of the United States". In it he states this;

"The brief exposition of the Constitution of the United States, will unfold to young persons the principles of republican government; and it is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion."

"God's Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct."

Samuel Adams

As the Declaration of Independence was being signed Mr. Adams declared,

"We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come."

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader .... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security."

"Neither the wisest Constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt."

John Adams

On June 21st, 1776 John Adams wrote;

"Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.

The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty."

In retorting Thomas Paine's assertions, John Adams stated in his diary, July 29th 1796;

"The Christian religion is, above all the Religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of Wisdom, Virtue, Equity, and Humanity. Let the Blackguard Paine say what he will, it is Resignation to God, it is Goodness itself to Man."

George Washington

"We may, with a kind of grateful and pious exultation, trace the finger of Providence through those dark and mysterious events, which first induced the States to appoint a general Convention and then led them one after another into an adoption of the system recommended by that general Convention; thereby in all human probability, laying lasting foundation for tranquillity and happiness."

"I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States; and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them."

I could go on with many more such quotes, but I hope that these will encourage you to hold God's standards higher than any other and to look at everything you face in life through the eyes of God's Word.