Thursday, November 26, 2020

Calvin: God's providence

Thursday, November 26, 2020
    Commemoration of Isaac Watts, Hymnwriter, 1748
    Thanksgiving (U.S.)
    Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
    —2 Corinthians 9:10 (NIV)
    Whenever we call God the Creator of heaven and earth, let us at the same time reflect, that the dispensation of all those things which he has made is in his own power, and that we are his children, whom he has received into his charge and custody, to be supported and educated; so that we may expect every blessing from him alone, and cherish a certain hope that he will never suffer us to want those things which are necessary to our well-being, that our hope may depend on no other; that, whatever we need or desire, our prayers may be directed to him, and that, from whatever quarter we receive any advantage, we may acknowledge it to be his benefit, and confess it with thanksgiving; that, being allured with such great sweetness of goodness and beneficence, we may study to love and worship him with all our hearts.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, I.xiv.22, p. 170 (see the book)
    See also Gen. 1:29-30; 8:21-22; Deut. 10:18; Ps. 23:1; 85:12; Matt. 7:11; 2 Cor. 9:8-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, for Your continual provision for Your people, we give You thanks and praise.
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