Calvin on God’s Providence

I’m reading Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion again, but this time it’s Robert White’s translation from the first French edition of 1541. If you’re reading the Battles edition, it may be in the first part of the Apostle’s Creed section.

This is one of my favorite quotes on God’s providence. It’s very Biblical and straightforward, which is more assuring than trying to make things sound easier than they really are.

God’s Providence a source of enduring comfort
From this the believers conscience derives particular comfort. If God liberally gives food to the young ravens which entreat his aid (Psa. 147:9), how much more will he give Food to us who are his people and the sheep of his flock? If a sparrow does not fall to earth without his knowledge and will (Matt. 10:29), how much greater is his care and concern for our salvation, seeing that he promises to keep us as the apple of his eye (Zech. 2:8)? If man does not live by bread alone, but by virtue of the word which proceeds from God’s mouth (Matt. 4:4), we should be well content with the promise that his aid will never fail us, since by itself it is enough to feed us. Conversely, when the believer sees signs of barrenness, famine or pestilence, he will recognize God’s hand in them instead of attributing them to chance. Finally, knowing that he is our Creator, Guardian and Nourisher, he will conclude that we are his and not our own, that we must live according to his will rather than ours, and that life with all its acts must be referred to him, because it subsists wholly by his grace.

–John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, translated from the first French edition of 1541, pg 232

We have also received an inheritance in Him, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will, so that we who had already put our hope in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory.
Ephesians 1:11-12 HCSB

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