February twelve Lincoln's Providence. Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable are his judgements. And how inscrutable his ways. Romans eleven thirty. Three Abraham Lincoln who was born on this day in eighteen zero nine remain skeptical at times even cynical about religion into his forties so it is the most striking thing how personal shnell and national suffering drooling and into the reality of God rather than pushing him away in eighteen sixty sixty two when Lincoln was fifty three years old his eleven year. Old Son Willie Guide. Lincoln's wife wife tried to deal with her grief by searching out new age mediums. Lincoln turn to Finney's girly pastor of the a New York Avenue Presbyterian church in Washington. Several long talks led to a girly described as a conversion to Christ. I Lincoln confided that he was driven many times upon his knees by the overwhelming conviction. That I have nowhere else to go similarly the horrors of the dead and wounded soldiers assaulted him daily. There were fifty hospitals for the wounded in Washington to the Rotunda of the Capitol Hill. Two thousand COTS for wounded soldiers. Typically fifty soldiers a day died in these temporary hospitals. All of this drove Lincoln deeper into the Providence of God. We cannot believe that that he who made the world still governs. It is most famous statement about the providence of God in relation to the civil war was his second inaugural address given a month before he was assassinated. It is remarkable for not making God a simple supporter for the union or confederate. 'cause God has his own purposes and does not excuse seeing on either side fondly do we we hope fervently do we pray that this mighty scourge of war might speedily pass away yet if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the Bun man's two hundred years of unrequited toil all shall be sunk and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shelby paid with another drawn from the sword as was said three thousand years ago so still it must be said the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous justice. Altogether I pray for all of you who suffer loss and injury and great sorrow that that it will awake and for you as it did for Lincoln not an empty fatalism but a deeper reliance on the infinite wisdom. I'm in love of God's inscrutable Providence.