Quotes about providence

The Hebrew vocabulary includes no equivalent to our term ‘Nature’. This is not surprising if by ‘Nature’ we mean ‘the creative and regulative physical power which is conceived of as operating in the physical world and as the immediate cause of all its phenomena’, the only way to render this idea into Hebrew would be to say simply ‘... read more


God is deemed omnipotent not because he can indeed act, yet sometimes ceases and sits in idleness, or continues by a general impulse that order of nature which he previously appointed; but because, governing heaven and earth by his providence, he so regulates all things that nothing takes place without his deliberation

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As the waters lifted up Noah’s ark nearer heaven—and as all the stones that were about Stephen’s ears did but knock him closer to Christ, the corner-stone—so all the strange rugged providences that we meet with, they shall raise us nearer heaven, and knock us nearer to Christ, that precious corner-stone.

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Providence is that continued exercise of the divine energy whereby the Creator preserves all His creatures, is operative in all that comes to pass in the world, and directs all things to their appointed end

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“I was the lion.” And as Shasta gaped with open mouth and said nothing, the Voice continued. “I was the lion who forced you to join with Avaris. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the Horses the new strength of fear for the las... read more


One of my favourite “spiritual” sites in town is the new arrivals shelf at the downtown library. In fact, I consider the new arrivals shelf a kind of Sinai where I go expecting God to show me something: to reveal something. In the public library, the acquisitions are not governed by “academic” concerns. There is no logic of selection tha... read more


A man who could make one rose like this would be accounted most wonderful; yet God scatters countless such flowers around us! His gifts are so infinite that we do not see them

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