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Particular Providence of God.

Particular Providence of God.

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Mat. x. 29, 30.

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of
them shall not fall to the ground without your Father :
but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Mat. x. 29, 30.

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of
them shall not fall to the ground without your Father :
but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 21, 2013
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PARTICULAR PROVIDECE OF GOD.BY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,Mat. x. 29, 30.Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall to the ground without your Father :but the very hairs of your head are all numbered.The Creator of all things is our Father: he has nolonly formed us what we are, but through his powerand goodness we are upheld in being. In the consti-tution of the world he has established general lawsfor the continuance of every species of plant and ani-mal ; he has appointed numberless means for our pre-servation and support; he has wisely connected allparts of the universe together ; and, the InfiniteMonarch, his dominion extends over all the worldswhich are known or unknown to us.The conviction of these important truths is pre-cious to the children of men; but the belief of themalone, is not sufficient for our felicity. I would alsodesire to know, whether this exalted Creator attendsto the works of his hand ; whether he observes anddirects all changes in the material and spiritualworld ; whether his providence extends, not onlyover the great whole, but also over every particular390 SERMO CIV.part of his creation, however minute ; whether hewisely regulates the lot of all his unintelligent andintelligent creatures ; whether I myself, so inconsi-derable an atom in the universe, may yet confident-ly believe that the least events and changes in my
life are under the directing providence of my God ;and that, consequently, nothing can occur which hehath not ordained or permitted for good. Much,very much of my happiness, depends upon the an-swer to these questions : more than half my conso-lation and my hopes must be crushed, if I have a God,who, because he is so great, will not regard me, norattend to my wants ; if, of consequence, my happinessis entirely dependent upon my own wisdom or impru-dence, upon the passions of other men, upon a blindchance, or an unintelligent necessity, and not uponthe paternal providence and direction of the Lord.Does he not, or will he not, know where my ha-bitation is appointed ? what is my character andconduct ; whether I am surrounded by the en- joyments of earth, or piuingjiii poverty, and weigh-ed down by affliction; whether I have friends wholove and cherish me, or enemies who hate andpersecute me ? Is he ignorant or indifferent, whe-ther I become the victim of slander or of fraud ;whether the object of my tendercst affectionsbe torn from my embraces and sunk into thetomb ; whether that child, whose opening virtues 1have watched with transport, become the prey of death; whether disease or pestilence shall cut me off in the midst of my days? Ah! if all such circum-stances are not under the government of God, andwisely directed by his providence, what ground of consolation have I in my afflictions ; what motive forthe effusions of gratitude to God in my joy ; what se~ MISCELLAEOUS. 391curity for future happiness in this world, or the next ?\ should then be forsaken, like a child who, thoughhe had a father, was early abandoned to strangers forhis instruction or support ; or like a poor orphan,early deprived of his parents, and left without guide
or friend ! ay, I am worse than this orphan child ;for he may find among strangers some benevolentheart that will exercise to him the love of a father,the tenderness of a mother; but I ! where can I findanother God who will direct my steps, regulate mylot, listen to my prayers, over-rule my afflictions formy greatest good ; if my Creator and my Lord is re-gardless of the work of his hands, and is satisfied,when according to his established laws I have beenborn a man, with leaving me to be carried forwardwith the current of mortal things without his inspec-tion, superintendence, and care? Where, where canI find another father, who will be what God is to me.if there be a Providence ; who will watch over meamidst the thousand dangers which daily encompassme ; who will reach forth his hand to sustain mewhen I totter, and raise me when I fall; who canguard my temporal happiness, and conduct me tothe high felicity enjoyed by the redeemed?It is then of unspeakable consequence to be con-vinced of the particular providence of God; to beable to look up to him, and rejoice in him, in everymoment and in every circumstance of our lives, asour Father and our friend, constantly present withus. And, blessed be his name, he has not left him-self without witness, but has given us the fullestproofs of this precious truth !It would be useless formally to prove to you thatGod has a right to exercise this particular providenceover his own works; and that he is qualified to exercise392 SERMO CIV.it by his perfections, his infinite power, and wisdom,and love.

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