As for the wheels, it was cried to them in my hearing, O wheel.
I. THE EXTENT AND UNIVERSALITY OF ITS OPERATIONS. The wide reach of God's providential government comprehends what is easy to be understood as well as what is mysterious. The light and the darkness are often placed together, though in reality they are both alike to Him. With God there is nothing incomprehensible: — the terms great and little, easy and difficult, with Him are words of the same meaning. When we read the account of these wheels, of their rings and their motions, and the living creatures that accompanied them, we are confounded. Yet it is easy to conceive of the Son of Man governing the celestial inhabitants according to the will of His Father, regulating their movements by the agency of His Spirit, and employing them as instruments in accomplishing His gracious purposes.
II. THE COMPLEXITY OF ITS MOVEMENTS.
1. Is it not intended to mortify our pride? There is no religion without humility.
2. Does it not serve to exercise our faith and patience?
3. Is it not designed to check in us a lawless spirit of curiosity?
III. THE PERPETUITY OF ITS REVOLUTIONS. The changes that are taking place in the history of nations, churches, families, and individuals are all tending to the completion of His designs. Are they not intended to teach us how uncertain and unsatisfactory are all created things?
IV. THE HARMONY OF THEIR CONCURRENCE.
1. They are all directed to one object.
2. They are all acting upon one plan. Here there is nothing casual or fortuitous. The past has made way for the present, and the present is preparing for the future.
3. They are all animated by one influence.
V. IT IS UNIMPEDED IN ITS PROGRESS. We mean not to say that there are no hindrances in the way of the Divine purposes being accomplished; for ignorance, prejudice, and sin present most formidable barriers; but as the wheels in the vision are described as going forward, impelled by a Divine influence, it certainly teaches us that God's will is irresistible, and intimates the certain triumph of truth in the world.
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