His Purposes Will Ripen Fast

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace,
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

–William Cowper
“God Moves in a Mysterious Way” (1774)
as quoted in Suffering and the Sovereignty of God (2006, p. 30)
read 6-16-08

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