Thave thought to write a second letter to you because of the continued prevalence of trouble. We live in a time of trouble -trouble without, trouble within -trouble in the world at large, trouble at home -trouble in politics, trouble in business -trouble between nations, trouble among the peoples --trouble among those who know not God, and trouble among those who have named the name of Christ in the obedience of the original apostolic gospel recovered in our days from the smothering accumulations of ecclesiastical traditions that had gathered over it.
Be not downcast at the prevalence of trouble. Remember the words of Christ: "Behold, I have told you before." This he said both concerning the troubles that were to mark the close of the Apostolic and Gentile ages: and in general, as concerning the inevitable experience of his friends in the present evil world. And his object in telling it beforehand was that his friends might have consolation in the trouble. He plainly says, "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid:" "in me, ye shall have peace:" "in your patience possess ye your souls."
It is true that trouble is trouble however we may take it. At the same time it is robbed of its power to destroy if we recognise that it is inevitable-that it is appointedand further that it has a purpose to serve. God can give peace or trouble without showing His hand. The ways of
His providence exhibited to us in the Scriptures of truth (and nowhere else) show us this plainly. It is God that is in the troubles that are abroad. He troubles the world because they have corrupted His way in all the earth. and have cast Him behind their backs, and own Him not in any way, although the earth is His and all that it contains. The hour of His judgment is at the door, when there shall be a time of trouble such as never was; and it is His pleasure to prepare for the visible advent of that hour by a gradual harassment of human affairs such as we have seen for years past.