I hope that you will all excuse me, but I was not able to finish with my continuation of our early ministry for today. Some things have come up that prevented me from completing it. Lord willing, I will continue with it next Friday. In its place I think Spurgeon’s defense between providence and fate is great. I hope you enjoy it.
This is what Charles Spurgeon, the London pastor from over 100 years ago said about the sovereignty and providence of God.
“I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes – that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit, as well as the sun in the heavens – that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their courses. The creeping of an aphid over the rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence – the fall of . . . leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche.”
When Spurgeon was challenged that this is nothing but fatalism and stoicism, he replied,
“What is fate? Fate is this – Whatever is, must be. But there is a difference between that and Providence. Providence says, Whatever God ordains, must be; but the wisdom of God never ordains anything without a purpose. Everything in this world is working for some great end. Fate does not say that. . . . There is all the difference between fate and Providence that there is between a man with good eyes and a blind man.”
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,