There is an Older Counsel

Joseph Vernet - Côte dans une tempête

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 78:

Let us then establish our souls in this consideration: all is clear above, albeit cloudy below; all is calm in heaven, albeit tempestuous here upon earth. There is no confusion, no disorder in his mind. Though we think the world out of course, and that all things reel about with confusion, he hath one mind in it, and who can turn him? And that mind is good to them that trust in him; and therefore, who can turn away our good? Let men consult and imagine what they please; let them pass votes and decrees what to do with his people, – yet it is all to no purpose; for there is a counsel above, an older counsel, which must stand and take place in all generations.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/88937-All-is-clear-above-albeit-cloudy-below

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