COUNSEL AND WORK By T. Harwood Pattison, D. D.This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working. — Isaiah 28 : 2p. A THEME the most suggestive and entrancing occupied the prophet's mind. He was thinking of the exquisite adaptation of means to ends in the government of God. This theme had apparently been started by a very slight illustration of it. He watched the husbandman at his toil, and he marked how when he threshed now the fitches, now the cummin, now the bread-corn, he chose for his pur-pose not the same, but various instruments. He suited the implement to the material with which it had to work. To do this indicated forethought, and that was itself the fruit of past experience. "For," saith Isaiah, *'his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him." The power with which we think, the power with which we act, are alike from God. They are but broken lights of thee : And thou, O Lord, art more than they.