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The Unseen Hand of Providence

Posted By at Saturday, June 04, 2016


I love the biblical truth that God is always working for His glory and our good! Meditating on, remembering and preaching this truth to myself brings peace in the midst of perplexity, joy in the midst of sorrow and calm in the midst of confusion. Isaiah captures this when he writes, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You" (Isaiah 26:3).

Puritan John Flavel writes succinctly about the unseen hand of providence that governs all things at all times.

It is a great support and solace to the saints in all their distresses, that there is a wise Spirit setting all the wheels of providence in motion. He governs the most irregular creatures and their most destructive designs to a blessed and happy outcome.

It would not be worth living in a world devoid of God and providence. God will not expose any that take shelter under his wings and fly to him for sanctuary.

All the designs of providence are beneficial to the Saints. How cheering, supporting, and encouraging is the consideration of these things! What life and hope it inspires in our hearts and prayers when great pressures lie upon us!

In heaven, how delightful a sight it will be to behold the whole design of providence that we could not understand in this world!

All the dark, intricate, and puzzling providences at which we sometimes stumbled, and which we could not reconcile with the promises, and which we so unjustly condemned and bewailed as if they had fallen out against our happiness; we shall then be able to understand them.

Our present views of providence are imperfect in comparison to heaven. Yet our earthly view, under all its present disadvantages, has so much sweetness in it that I may call it a little heaven. It is certainly a highway of walking with God in this world.

A soul may enjoy sweet communion with him in his providences. How often have observers melted into tears of joy at seeing his wise and unexpected productions? How often, if the Lord had left them in their own councils, they would have been their tormentors?

We can give our hearty thanks that providence considers our interest more than our importunity, protecting us from perishing by our desires. (Voices From the Past, edited by Richard Rushing)