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God's Care for His People.

God's Care for His People.

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'He careth for you." — 1 Pet. v. 7.

'He careth for you." — 1 Pet. v. 7.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 07, 2014
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GOD'S CARE FOR HIS PEOPLE. BY THE REV. A. E. FARRAR. 'He careth for you." — 1 Pet. v. 7. If ever opinion entertained by any human mind was fraught with more than ordinary absurdity and cruelty, it is that which, excluding the divine Being from the government of the world he has formed, represents it as abandoned to the sport of a blind and uncertain chance. For were it possible to conceive that infi- nite Wisdom knows not our affairs ; or that, supremely happy in himself, the God of unbounded love does not concern himself about them ; could it be credited, that of him who " fills all things," the world is empty, while we gazed upon " the fatherless void," we might exclaim as Paul did, under a supposition not more abhorrent to truth, " We are of all men most miserable." There is, however, another sentiment upon this subject, which, if more feasible, is not less scripturally incorrect. I allude to the theory which represents the Almighty as "full orb'd, in his whole round of rays complete," and only con- descending to afford mankind some general and undefined regards ; and his government as a mere mechanical agency, controlled by certain immutable laws, which admit not of one peculiar or bene- volent attention. Infidels and semi-infi-
dels have attempted to derive support to such views from the consideration of man's comparative insignificancy. In the flowery numbers and classic styles of poetry, we have been taught " The universal cause Acts not by partial, but by general laws, He sees with equal eye, as Lord of all, A hero perish, or a sparrow fall ; Systems or atoms into nothing hurl'd, And now a bubble burst, and now a world." 332 This appears to us to contain an awful reflection upon God. We deny not, that a thinking man, contemplating the gran- deur of his Creator, maj', for a moment, be tempted to question the individuality of his attentions. Led by the discoveries of science, the imagination may travel from world to world, and system to sys- tem, amidst the still increasing magnifi- cence of the divine formations, until our earth becomes an indiscernible speck, and appear to bear no more proportion to the other productions of creative en- ergy, tlian a single leaf to the foliage of a widely extended forest. Amid the illimitable expansion around, we may feel ourselves dwindle into nothingness, and with somewhat of the hesitancy of unbelief, may ask, "What is man, that thou art mindful of himl" But, be it remembered, that little and great are dis- tinctions of finite minds, which will bear
no correct application to the divine Being; and when we consider, that he " filleth all in all," that he is at the same moment every where, no object can be too minute for his attention ; and while he " hangs the earth over the empty space," and wheels planets in their orbits, he, with no less regard, superintends " the flutter- ings of the bee," and directs the smallest corpuscle of blood that flits through the veins of the smallest animalcule. I am not prepared to say the subject of a particular providence involves no difli- culties. One is, the apparent disorder that exists in many providential arrange- ments; but of this we are incompetent to  judge, because we cannot embrace the whole circumference of the divine pro- ceeding. The mighty chain of his deal- « GOD'S CARE FOR HIS PEOPLE. 323 111^5 seems often intercepted and broken; but when we are enabled to trace up the concatenation of causes and events to their ultimate tendencies — to look along the line to its termination, every thing

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