Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mystery of Providence - Chapter 12a

Practical Problems in Connection with Providence

Another long chapter, probably requiring several posts, but this gem is found on page 194:

God never came under an absolute unlimited tie for outward comforts to any of us, and if we are disappointed, we can blame none but ourselves. Who bid us expect rest, ease, delight, and things of that kind in this world? He has never told us we shall be rich, healthy, and at ease in our habitations, but on the contrary, He has often told us we must expect troubles in the world (John 16. 33), and that we must 'through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God' (Acts 14. 22). All that He stands bound to us by promise for is to be with us in trouble (Ps. 91. 15), to supply our real and absolute needs. 'When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them' (Isa. 41. 17); and to sanctify all these providences to our good at last. 'And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose; (Rom. 8. 28). And to all these things, not one tittle ever did or shall fail.

Wow! Maybe the Joel Osteens of this world "bid us expect rest, ease, delight, and things of that kind in this world", but people would do their souls a great favor if they would read the Puritans and not the prosperity hucksters.

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