Spurgeon, "The Voice of the Cholera"
"When disaster comes to a city,
has not the Lord caused it?" Amos 3:6
When cholera comes to a city,
has not the Lord caused it?
It is not the cholera which has slain these
hundreds, the cholera was but the sword.
The hand which scattered death is the hand
of a greater than mere disease. God himself
is traversing London. God with silent footstep
walks the hospitals, enters the chamber,
strikes the wayfarer in the street.
God, the great Judge of all, at whose girdle
swing the keys of death and hell, the mysterious
one whose voice bids the pillars of heaven's
starry roof to tremble, who made the stars,
and can quench them at his will- it was none
other than he who walked down our crowded
streets, and entering our lanes and alleys
called one after another the souls of men
to their last account! God is abroad!
It is not the rod of disease that smites,
but God himself that uses the rod!