The way in which God’s name is used in the present war, makes one think that most people regard the Almighty as something smaller-minded than a wise man who ranges Himself with the petty interests and more or less selfish designs of frail humanity.
Florence Nightingale, now over 80 years of age, sends greeting to the Red Cross nurses at the Cape: — “This is a sad and painful business, but how much good it has called forth! May we hope that the nurses — every one of them — will prove themselves worthy of a great opportunity afforded them by God’s goodness.”
Does a surgeon see the goodness of God in a railway accident, even though he should be skilful enough to bind up all the fractures? There is something very curious in this wide spread feeling of God’s special interest in our battles. “He that sitteth in the Heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.” God is not a partisan, as he was supposed to be in the days of Israel.