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Calvin on God’s Providence.

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Today I was reading on God’s providence. Here is something I would like to share…

God arms the devil, as well as all the wicked, for conflict, and sits as umpire, that he may exercise our patience. But if the disasters and miseries which press us happen without the agency of men, let us call to mind the doctrine of the Law (Deut. 28:1), that all prosperity has its source in the blessing of God, that all adversity is his curse. And let us tremble at the dreadful denunciation, “And if ye will not be reformed by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; then will I also walk contrary unto you,” (Lev. 26:23, 24). These words condemn our torpor, when, according to our carnal sense, deeming that whatever happens in any way is fortuitous, we are neither animated by the kindness of God to worship him, nor by his scourge stimulated to repentance. And it is for this reason that Jeremiah (Lament. 3:38), and Amos (Amos 3:6), expostulated bitterly with the Jews, for not believing that good as well as evil was produced by the command of God. To the same effect are the words in Isaiah, “I form the light and create darkness: I make peace and create evil. I the Lord do all these things,” (Is. 45:7). Institutes 1.17.8

HT: Jim West

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2 responses to “Calvin on God’s Providence.

  1. Simon Woodhouse June 29, 2012 at 12:41

    If you want to explore this in practice, then there’s no ‘better’ place than the Book of Job. We need to be mindful what the word ‘evil’ meant, and for that I’d direct you to my old friend John Gill.

    • Acidri June 29, 2012 at 19:25

      Thanks Simon.

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