Jehovah that shall stand?; 20:24 ? ?A man?s goings are of Jehovah; How then can man understand his way?? 21:1 ?The king?s heart is on the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses; He turneth it whithersoever he will? ( i.e., as easily as the rivulets of the eastern fields are turned by the slightest motion of the hand or the foot of the husbandman) <241023>Jeremiah 10:23 ? ?O Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps?; <503813>Philippians 2:13 ? ?it is God who worketh in you both so will and to work, for his good pleasure?; <490210> Ephesians 2:10 ? ?we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them?; <590413> James 4:13-15 ? ?If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that.?
<101610> 2 Samuel 16:10 ? ?because Jehovah hath said unto him [Shimei]: Curse David?; 24:1 ? ?the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against then, saying, Go, number Israel and Judah?;
<451132> Romans 11:32 ? ?God hath shut up all unto disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all?; <530211>2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12 ? ?God sent them a working of error, that they should believe a lie:; that they all might be judged who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness?
Henry Ward Beecher: ?There seems to be no order in the movements of the bees of a hive, but the honeycomb shows that there was a plan in them all.? John Hunter compared his own brain to a hive in which there was a great deal of buzzing and apparent disorder, while yet a real order underlay it all. ?As bees gather their stores of sweets against a time of need, but are colonized by man?s superior intelligence for his own purposes, so men plan and work yet are overruled by infinite Wisdom for his own glory.? Dr. Deems: ?The world is wide In Time and Tide, And God is guide: Then do not hurry. That man is blest Who does his best And leaves the rest: Then do not worry.? See Bruce, Providential Order, 183 sq.; Providence in the Individual Life, 231 sq.
God?s providence with respect to men?s evil acts is described in Scripture as of four sorts:
(a) Preventive, God by his providence prevents sin, which would otherwise be committed. That he thus prevents sin is to be regarded as matter, not of obligation, but of grace.
<012006> Genesis 20:6 ? Of Abimelech: ?I also withheld thee from sinning against me?; 31:24 ? ?And God came to Laben the Syrian in a dream of the night, and said unto him, Take heed to thyself that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad??; <191913>Psalm 19:13 ? ?Keep back thy servant
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