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Daily Reflection – 11 Mashíyyat (Will)
October 7, 2018 - October 8, 2018
Nothing hath ever happened nor will happen without a cause or effect.
Reflect a while and consider how vast the number of the people that have perished, how numerous the cities and towns that have been reduced to dust and now appear as a level plain.
Such is their plight now and only God knoweth the future and that which will come to pass.
Think not that in this turmoil the friends of God have perished by the sword of the oppressors.
I swear by the Day-Star of the Kingdom of truth that any of the loved ones of God that hath quaffed the cup of martyrdom during that episode hath ascended unto the realms above and doth abide securely beneath the canopy of the tender mercy of God.
Indeed if those sublime stations were unveiled before the gaze of men, even to the extent of a needle’s eye, everyone would raise his voice and exclaim:
‘Would that I had been with him!’
And if any of the friends hath suffered a material loss, such a loss is and will always be a perfect gain.
The people of Bahá enjoy utmost benefits, at all times.
If at some time or other, according to the dictates of God’s inscrutable wisdom, one should incur a certain loss, let not this cause distress.
Surely God will glorify it into a gift of inestimable gain.
Verily, He is the Lord of Truth, the Powerful, the Knowing, the Wise.
–BAHA’U’LLAH (Excerpts from Fire and Light)
And it was this peerless Source of wisdom that at the beginning of the foundation of the world ascended the stair of inner meaning and when enthroned upon the pulpit of utterance, through the operation of the divine Will, proclaimed two words. The first heralded the promise of reward, while the second voiced the ominous warning of punishment. The promise gave rise to hope and the warning begat fear. Thus the basis of world order hath been firmly established upon these twin principles.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 66)