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God is the Disposer of All Events.

God is the Disposer of All Events.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Prov. xv'i. 33. The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole dis-
posing thereof is of the Lord.
THE REV. C. SIMEON, M.A.


Prov. xv'i. 33. The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole dis-
posing thereof is of the Lord.

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GOD IS THE DISPOSER OF ALL EVETS. THE REV. C. SIMEO, M.A. Prov. xv'i. 33. The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole dis- posing thereof is of the Lord. THOUGH we would not be unneces>inly fasti- dious in condemning the use of any particular term, where we knew that in its popular sense it was not very exceptionable, yet we cannot altogether approve the use of such terms as ' luck,' and ' chance,' and ' for- tune :' for though we know, that the persons who adopt those kind of expressions do not intend to deny the doctrine of a superintending Divine Provi- dence, yet we cannot but think that such language tends exceedmgly to weaken a sense of God's Provi- dence upon the soul, inasmuch as it excludes his agency from the affairs of men, and regards them as left to mere and absolute contins^encv. With the Scriptures in our hands, we are perfectly assured, that all things, however casual or contingent with respect to man, are under the controul of a Superin- tending Providence ; or, as it is said in our text, that, *' when a lot is cast into the lap, the whole disposal thereof is of the Lord." In confirmation of this truth, we shall shew, I. That God is the disposer of all events — Events, of whatever kind they be, are equally under the direction of Almighty God. He disposes of, 1 . The things which are most dependent on human agency — [In the government of kingdoms all the po%vers of the human mind are called forth and concentrated: but the time
 
for their commencement and continuance is altogether under the direction of a superior power \ The success of all hu- man plans, whether relating to military enterprizes ^ or com- mercial speculations^, or agricultural pursuits'*, or matters of inferior moment and of daily occurrence^, depends entirely on liim It was he who directed to Ahab's heart the bow * D.in. iv.17,35. '' 1 Sam. xvii. 4.5 — 4/. 2 Chron. xx.17. " Dcut. viii.)7,l8. "^ H;igg. i. — \l. • Prov. xix. 21. 1 Sam. ii. G — 9, 100 PROVERBS, XVI. 33. [460* bow drawn at a venture, and to Goliath's forehead the stone out of David's shng. In a word, he " worketh all things after the counsel of his own wilP;" and " his counsel shall stand, and he will do all his pleasure^."] 2. Tlie things that are most independent of human agency — [othing has less dependence on human skill or foresight than a lot. As far as respects the determining of that, an ideot is on a par with the wisest man in the universe. But it is en- tirely at God's disposal ; as all who acknowledge the existence of a Deity have confessed, by resorting to it on emergencies which nothing else could determine. Saul, and all the people of Israel, resorted to it, in order to learn from God who it was that had displeased him ; and again, to determine the same mat- ter between Saul and Jonathan his son''. In like manner the Apostles had recourse to it, in order to know whom God willed to be the successor of Judas in the Apostolic office'. Even the heathens themselves had a persuasion, that, when matters were solemnly referred to Him in a way of lot, he would make
 
known to them the point which they wished to ascertain''. But as in these instances the event, though supposed to have been directed of God, might have been casual, since the chances against it were not very great, we will adduce one, which marks beyond all possibility of doubt the Divine interposition ; since, in the language of chances, it was above a million to one that the lot did not fall on the person to whom God in- fallibly directed it'. Here is a striking illustration of that passage, " Evil shall /«/7z/ the wicked man to overthrow him'"." The hounds see not their prey in the first instance, but trace it by its scent, and follow it with certainty in all its turnings, till at last they come in sight of it, and overtake it, and destroy it So it was in regard to this pursuit of the man who had troubled the camp of Israel: the lot fell on the right tribe, then on the rigjit foaiily of that tribe, then on the right house- hold, and lastly on the right individual in that household : — and to every human being it speaks in this awful language, '* Be sure your sin will find you out."] That we may see how important a truth this is in a practical view, we shall proceed to shew, II. That in this character he is constantly to be re- garded by us — His 'Eph.i.U. f Isai. xlvi. 10. •" 1 Sam. xiv. 40 — 42. ' Acts i. 23 — 2(5. '' Jon i. 7. ' Josh. vii. 14 — 18. There were two millions of people : but in the last lot the men only were concerned. "" Ps. cxl.l 1. 460^3 GOD IS THE DISPOSER OF ALL EVETS. 101 His hand and his will we should trace,

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