There be four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceeding wise:…
God overbalances all seeming evil by compensatory benefits, so that what happens is never wholly unrelieved evil.
1. It takes time to realise the result of the Divine dealings.
2. There is no exposure in our lot over against which God has not set some refuge.
3. The providences of God have ever two sides.
4. It is to the compensations of Providence that we should pay increasing heed. There is some good on the way to us, even if it be borne in the arms of so unwelcome a messenger as suffering. The true art of living is to carve our fortune, be it what it may, into a ladder of ascent toward spiritual perfection, for God brings to us nothing that may not be for our good.
(M. McG. Dana, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: