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A Providential Perspective

In his book, The Mystery of Providence, the seventeenth century Puritan John Flavel wrote a chapter on how grateful English believers should be for their birth and upbringing.  In seeking to create gratitude in the hearts of his countrymen, Flavel has them reflect on the fact they could have been born in other places than cultured, privileged England.

For instance:

Suppose your mothers had brought you forth in America, among the savage Indians, who herd together as brute beasts, are scorched with heat, and starved with cold, being naked, destitute and defenseless. How poor, miserable, and unprovided with earthly comfort and accommodations are many millions of the inhabitants of this world!

Just a few centuries ago, America was considered in the manner we think now of a Third World country.

Every time we drive down a paved road, open a refrigerator, answer a cell phone, turn up the thermostat during this cold streak, or hit another link on the internet, we should not marvel so much at the ingenuity of man and his technology but at God’s kind providence in allowing us these comforts.

We should also be warned by them.  The very blessings the Lord has given in abundance can suddenly be taken away.  Psalm 107:33-34 […]