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Faith and Appearances

"Do not be discouraged by present appearances. The sunshine is behind the cloud. ‘For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it" (Habakkuk 2:3). ‘The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,’ but we are hasty in looking for it. (Compare 2Peter 3:9 with Isaiah 5:19; Isaiah 28:16) The failing of our eyes is the impatience of the will, ‘limiting God’ (Psalm 78:41) to our own time, ways, and means. Faith may be exercised in not seeing his reasons—not being able to harmonize his promises with his providences, or his outward dispensations with his Divine perfections. (Jeremiah 12:1) But let us leave this to him, and be ‘still, and know that he is God.’ (Psalm 46:10) We shall find in the end , that perseverance in waiting has turned to double advantage."