Governed by a Superintending Providence

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Thomas Boston, Works, Volume 1, “Of the Providence of God”:

“There is nothing so mean but providence extends to it, such as the falling of a sparrow, and the numbering of the hairs of our head. It is God that feeds the fowls and the young ravens that cry. He clothes the lilies and grass of the field, that have no hand of man about them. He made lice, frogs, &c. a plague to scourge Pharaoh and his people, worms to eat up Herod, &;c. In a special manner providence is conversant about man, forming him in the womb, ‘ Hast thou not poured me out as milk (says Job), and curdled me like cheese ? Thou hast clothed me with flesh and hast fenced me with bones and sinews,’ Job x. 10, 11. — bringing him forth out of his mother’s bowels, and holding him up thereafter, Psal. Ixxi. 6. His heart is in the Lord’s hand, and all his thoughts and inclinations are under his control, Prov. xxi. 1. He directs and orders all his steps. The most free acts of the creature’s will are governed by superintending providence. All their good actions, John xv. 5. ‘ Without me ye can do nothing.’ So also their evil actions, Acts iv. 27, 28. ‘ For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done,’ Gen. xlv. 7- ‘ God  sent me before you,’ says Joseph to his brethren, though they had wickedly sold him into Egypt.”



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