connection with the Christian?s prayers that no doubt remains with regard to the providential arrangement of them. The possibility of such divine agency in natural events cannot be questioned by one who, like the Christian, has had experience of the greater wonders of regeneration and daily intercourse with God and who believes in the reality of creation, incarnation, and miracles.
Providence prepares the way for men?s conversion, sometimes by their own partial reformation, sometimes by the sudden death of others near them. Instance Luther and Judson. The Christian learns that the same Providence that led him before his conversion is busy after his conversion in directing his steps and in supplying his wants. Daniel Defoe: ?I have been fed more by miracle than Elijah when the angels were his purveyors.? In Psalm 32, David celebrates not only God?s pardoning mercy but also his subsequent providential leading: ?I will counsel thee with mine eye upon thee? (verse 8). It may be objected that we often mistake the meaning of events. We answer that, as in nature, so in providence, we are compelled to believe, not that we know the design, but that there is a design. Instance Shelley?s drowning, and Jacob Knapp?s prayer that his opponent might be stricken dumb. Lyman Beecher?s attributing the burning of the Unitarian Church to God?s judgment upon false doctrine was invalidated a little later by the burning of his own church.
<182810> Job 28:10 ? ?He knoweth the way that is mine,? or ?the way that is with me,? i.e., my inmost way, life, character; ?When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.? 1 Corinthians 19:4 ? ?and the rock was Christ? = Christ was the ever present source of their refreshment and life, both physical and spiritual. God?s providence is all exercised through Christ. <470214>2 Corinthians 2:14 ? ?But thanks be to God, who always leadeth us in triumph in Christ?; not, as in A. V., ?causeth us to triumph.? Paul glories, not in conquering, but in being conquered. Let Christ triumph, not Paul. ?Great King of grace, my heart subdue; I would be led in triumph too, A willing captive to my Lord, To own the conquests of his word.? Therefore Paul can call himself ?the prisoner of Christ Jesus?
( <490301>Ephesians 3:1). It was Christ who had shut him up two years In Cesarean and then two succeeding years in Rome.
IV. RELATIONS OF THE DOCTRINE OF PROVIDENCE 1. To miracles and works of grace.
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