The calamities of earthquake, the devastations of storm, the
destructions of war, and all the terrible catastrophes of plague,
have only been co-workers with God — slaves compelled to
tug the ‘galley of the divine purpose’ across the sea of time.
From every evil, good has come; and the more the evil has
accumulated, the more has God glorified himself in bringing
out at last his grand, his everlasting design.
God has only one purpose, for all history is but one.
There are many scenes, but it is one drama;
there are many pages, but it is one book;
there are many leaves, but it is one tree.
There are many lords and many rulers,
yet is there but one empire, and God the only Potentate.
C. H. Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)