He now speaks to us by His providence. His judgments are abroad in the earth; it behooves us to learn righteousness. His hand is lifted up, and if any are so careless or obstinate that they will not see, yet—sooner or later—they must, they shall see. The great God has a controversy with the potsherds of the earth (Isa 45:9). The point to be decided between Him and many abroad—and, I fear, too many at home—is whether He be the Governor of the earth or not? His own people, to whom His name and glory are dear, will hold all inferior concerns in subordination to this. If there be no other alternative, misery and havoc must spread, men must perish by millions—yea, the frame of nature must be dissolved—rather than God be dishonored and defiled with impunity. But He will surely plead and gain His own cause; and either in a way of judgment or of mercy, all men shall know that He is the Lord. I believe there is no expression in the Old Testament so frequently repeated as this, Ye, or they, shall know that I am the Lord. “Hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good” (Num 23:19)?