God?s Spirit makes Providence as well as the Bible personal to us. From every page of nature, as well as of the Bible, the living God speaks to us. Tholuck: ?The more we recognize in every daily occurrence God?s secret inspiration, guiding and controlling us, the more will all which to others wears a common and every-day aspect prove to us a sign and a wondrous work.? Hutton, Essays: ?Animals that are blind slaves of impulse, driven about by forces from within, have so to say fewer valves in their moral constitution for the entrance of divine guidance. But minds alive to every word of God give constant opportunity for his interference with suggestions that may alter the course of their lives. The higher the mind, the more it glides into the region of providential control. God turns the good by the slightest breath of thought.? So the Christian hymn, ?Guide me, O thou great Jehovah!? likens God?s leading of the believer to that of Israel by the pillar of fire and cloud and Paul in his dungeon calls himself ?the prisoner of Christ Jesus? ( <490301>Ephesians 3:1). Affliction is the discipline of God?s providence. Greek proverb: ?He who does not get thrashed does not get educated.? On God?s Leading see A. H. Strong, Philosophy and Religion. 560-562
Abraham ?went out, not knowing whither he went? ( <581108>Hebrews 11:8). Not till he reached Canaan did he know the place of his destination. Like a child he placed his hand in the hand of his unseen Father to be led whither he himself knew not. We often have guidance without discernment of that guidance. <234216>Isaiah 42:16 ? ?I will bring the blind by a way that they know not in paths that they know not will I lead them.? So we act more wisely than we ourselves understand and afterwards look back with astonishment to see what we have been able to accomplish. Emerson: ?Himself from God he could not free; He built better than he knew.? Disappointments? Ah, you make a mistake in the spelling; the D should be an H: His appointments. Melanchthon: ?Quem poet« fortunam, nos Deum appellamus.? Chinese proverb: ?The good God never smites with both hands.? ?Tact is a sort of psychical automatism? (Ladd). There is a Christian tact which is rarely at fault because its possessor is ?led by the Spirit of God? ( <450814>Romans 8:14). Yet we must always make allowance, as Oliver Cromwell used to say, ?for the possibility of being mistaken.?
When Luther?s friends wrote despairingly of the negotiations at the Diet of Worms, he replied from Coburg that he had been looking up at the night sky, spangled and studded with stars, and had found no pillars to hold them up. And yet they did not fall, God needs no props for his stars and planets. He hangs them on nothing. So, in the working of God?s providence, the unseen is prop enough for the seen. Henry Drummond, Life, 127 ? ?To find out God?s will:
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