"Sin which men account small brings God's great wrath on men."


(Thomas Brooks, "London's Lamentations" 1670)

"I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity
and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things." Isaiah 45:7

Let us see the hand of the Lord in this recent dreadful fire
which has turned our once renowned London into a ruinous
heap! London's sins were now so great, and God's wrath
was now so hot—that there was no quenching of the furious
flames. The decree for the burning of London was now gone
forth, and nothing could reverse it. The time of London's fall
was now come. The fire had now received its commission
from God—to burn down the city and to turn it into a
ruinous heap!

Certainly God is the great agent in all those dreadful
judgments which befall people, cities, and kingdoms.
Whoever or whatever be the rod—it is God's hand
which gives the stroke! The power of bringing
judgments upon cities, God takes to Himself, "When
disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused
it?" Amos 3:6. Whatever that judgment is, which falls
upon a city—God is the author of it; He acts in it and
orders it according to His own good pleasure. There
is no judgment which accidentally falls upon any
person, city, or country.

Every judgment is inflicted
by a divine power and providence. God had given a
commission to the fire—to burn with that force and
violence as it did—until London was laid in ashes!
Whoever kindled this fire—God blew the coal!
And therefore no arts, counsels, or endeavors of
men were able to quench it.

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Psaltaren 135:6

Herren gör allt vad han vill i himlen och på jorden,
i haven och i alla djup.

Jesaja 45:6-7

Jag är Herren och det finns ingen annan.
Jag danar ljuset och skapar mörkret,
jag ger lycka och skapar olycka.
    Jag, Herren, gör allt detta.