1934 - God's Ways Do not Necessarily Coincide with Human Devices and Policies
"... God's ways and methods do not coincide necessarily with human devices and man-made policies. We should certainly exert our utmost in order that God's Faith may be widely proclaimed and firmly established. But we should under no circumstances be led to think that such a triumph depends solely or even mainly on our own efforts, however effective, united and fruitful they may be. We are but instruments in the hands of the Almighty and it would be certainly a sign of shortsightedness on our part to believe that we are the controlling agents of the divine machinery of the Cause."
(From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, February 10, 1934) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 405)
1980 - Chaos and confusion are daily increasing in the world
"Chaos and confusion are daily increasing in the world. They will attain such intensity as to render the frame of mankind unable to bear them. Then will men be awakened and become aware that religion is impregnable stronghold and the manifest light of the world, and its laws, exhortations and teachings the source of life on earth.'
(From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the Iranian believers resident in various countries throughout the would, February 10, 1980) (Compilations, Lights of Guidance, p. 126)