"In his heart a man plans his course - but the LORD determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9
"Many are the
plans in a man's heart - but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails."
"A man's steps are
directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?" Proverbs 20:24
Do not judge divine providence in little pieces - it is a
grand mosaic, and must be seen as a whole.
The Lord's wisdom is
seen in arranging the smallest events so as to produce great
results. We frequently hear people say of a pleasant or a great
event, "What a providence! This is the finger of God!" - while they are
silent as to anything which appears less important, or has an unpleasant
But the place of the flower upon the hillside - is as fixed
as the station of a king! And the dust which is raised by a
cart-wheel - is as surely steered by divine providence as the planet in its
There is as much providence in the creeping of an insect
upon a rose leaf - as in the marching of an army to ravage a
Everything, the most minute, as well as the most
magnificent - is ordered by the Lord who has prepared His throne in the
heavens, whose kingdom rules over all.
Whatever the event may be,
the attentive eye will as clearly see the Lord's providential hand.
I am sure that God is in the world, yes, and is at my own fireside, and
in my chamber - and manages my affairs, and orders all things for me, and for
each one of His redeemed children. We need no miracles to convince us of
His working, the wonders of His providence are great marvels as miracles themselves.
"We know that God causes all
things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called
according to His purpose!" Romans 8:28
~ Charles Spurgeon