is now, and always has been, under the environment of law, and comes into the world under sentence of death,as a direct result of sin ; when we consider the wholehuman family under sentence of death for sin, and addto that fact, the helplessness of children and the igno-rance of the nurses, and the thoughtlessness of mothers, — the mystery changes, and it becomes the problem of the ages, that so many children reach maturity as do ;and it is inexplicable, except on the hypothesis of God'sconstant providential care in delivering them from sur-rounding dangers.God is sovereign. He governs all, but his govern-ment is neither arbitrary nor capricious. God is nota tyrant, and his government cannot be despotic.His administration is according to universal law, bothin the natural world and in the spiritual world.Obedience to divine law, secures both moral andphysical health, and gives happiness to soul and body.Disobedience to any divine law, results in disaster,in suflfering, or in death.God has affixed suffering in its varied forms, as theconsequence of violated law. He did this to hedgeman into a life of virtue and obedience ; and no being,made in the likeness and image of God, ever did orever could suffer, or sorrow, if sin had not disturbedthe healthful relations between that being and God.There is no lack of harmony in the divine method.God's natural and moral providences both flow forthfrom himself. God's government is a unit, and hisparticiilar or special providences are integral parts of one complete system of government.104 FROM ELIM TO CARBfEL.