Sermon quotes on providence
Augustine of Hippo
Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love and the future to God’s providence.
Henry Ward Beecher
We are apt to believe in Providence so long as we have our own way; but if things go awry, then we think, if there is a God, he is in heaven, and not on earth.
Thus it is that we may patiently pass through this life with its misery, hunger, cold, contempt, reproaches, and other troubles – content with this one thing: that our King [Jesus] will never leave us destitute, but will provide for our needs until, our warfare ended, we are called to triumph.
We ought to contemplate providence not as curious and fickle persons are wont to do but as a ground of confidence and excitement to prayer. When he informs us that the hairs of our head are all numbered it is not to encourage trivial speculations but to instruct us to depend on the fatherly care of God which is exercised over these frail bodies.
We cannot measure Divine Providence by the yardstick of human mentality.
Grace makes the promise and providence the payment.
I’d rather die in the will of God than to live outside of it.
In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.
He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.
Anything under God’s control is never out of control.
Jesus is the fulfillment and embodiment of Gods Holy and righteous act, and also the embodiment of our act and faith trust and obedience towards God.
B. B. Warfield
A firm faith in the universal providence of God is the solution of all earthly problems. It is almost equally true that a clear and full apprehension of the universal providence of God is the solution of most theological problems.
Long before we were born, God was overseeing our future as well. We didn’t choose our ancestors; God did. God designates our identity, as he did with Jesus, so that we might fit into his plan for the world. In other words, you can know just by your birth and unique identity that God has a special plan for your life.
52 Weeks with Jesus, Harvest House Publishers.
We know the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong. Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm?
Letter to Thomas Jefferson
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