Job 38:16

“Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?” 
              — Job 38:16

Some things in nature must remain a mystery to the most intelligent and
enterprising investigators. Human knowledge has bounds beyond which it
cannot pass. Universal knowledge is for God alone. If this be so in the
things which are seen and temporal, I may rest assured that it is even
more so in matters spiritual and eternal. Why, then, have I been
torturing my brain with speculations as to destiny and will, fixed
fate, and human responsibility? These deep and dark truths I am no more
able to comprehend than to find out the depth which coucheth beneath,
from which old ocean draws her watery stores. Why am I so curious to
know the reason of my Lord’s providences, the motive of his actions,
the design of his visitations? Shall I ever be able to clasp the sun in
my fist, and hold the universe in my palm? yet these are as a drop of a
bucket compared with the Lord my God. Let me not strive to understand
the infinite, but spend my strength in love. What I cannot gain by
intellect I can possess by affection, and let that suffice me. I cannot
penetrate the heart of the sea, but I can enjoy the healthful breezes
which sweep over its bosom, and I can sail over its blue waves with
propitious winds. If I could enter the springs of the sea, the feat
would serve no useful purpose either to myself or to others, it would
not save the sinking bark, or give back the drowned mariner to his
weeping wife and children; neither would my solving deep mysteries
avail me a single whit, for the least love to God, and the simplest act
of obedience to him, are better than the profoundest knowledge. My
Lord, I leave the infinite to thee, and pray thee to put far from me
such a love for the tree of knowledge as might keep me from the tree of

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