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Christian Quote of the Week (or so!):
The Dangers of the World, and God's Sovereignty
"For what else can be said where heat and cold bring
equal danger? Then, in what direction soever you turn, all
surrounding objects not only may do harm, but almost openly
threaten and seem to present immediate death. Go on
board a ship, you are but a plank’s breadth from death.
Mount a horse, the stumbling of a foot endangers your life.
Walk along the streets, every tile upon the roofs is a source
of danger. If a sharp instrument is in your own hand, or that
of a friend, the possible harm is manifest. All the savage
beasts you see are so many beings armed for your destruction.
Even within a high-walled garden, where everything
ministers to delight, a serpent will sometimes lurk. Your
house, constantly exposed to fire, threatens you with poverty
by day, with destruction by night. Your fields, subject
to hail, mildew, drought, and other injuries, denounce barrenness,
and thereby famine. I say nothing of poison, treachery,
robbery, some of which beset us at home, others follow
us abroad. Amid these perils, must not man be very miserable,
as one who, more dead than alive, with difficulty draws
an anxious and feeble breath, just as if a drawn sword were
constantly suspended over his neck?... But when once the
light of Divine Providence has illumined the believer's soul,
he is relieved and set free, not only from the extreme fear
and anxiety which formerly oppressed him, but from all
care. For as he justly shudders at the idea of chance, so he
can confidently commit himself to God. This, I say, is his
comfort, that his heavenly Father so embraces all things under
his power — so governs them at will by His nod — so regulates
them by His wisdom, that nothing takes place save
according to His appointment; that received into His favour,
and entrusted to the care of His angels, neither fire, nor water,
nor sword, can do him harm, except in so far as God
their master is pleased to permit."
-– John Calvin (1509-1564),
from Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I, Chapter 17, Sections 10-11
Related Bible Verse:
"My times are in your hands." (Ps. 31:15)
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