Charnock on Providence

Today, I would like to share with you some profound thoughts on the providence and existence of God as written by 17th. century theologian, Stephen Charnock.

Those that deny the providence of God, do in effect deny the being of God; for they strip him of that wisdom, goodness, tenderness, mercy, justice, righteousness, which are the glory of the Deity. And that principle, of a greedy desire to be uncontrolled in their lusts, which induceth men to a denial of Providence, and that thereby they might stifle those seeds of fear which infect and embitter their sinful pleasures, may as well lead them to deny that there is any such being as a God. That at one blow, their fears may be dashed all in pieces and dissolved by the removal of the foundation: as men who desire liberty to commit works of darkness, would not have the lights in the house dimmed, but extinguished. What men say against Providence, because they would have no check in their lusts, they may say in their hearts against the existence of God upon the same account; little difference between the dissenting from the one and disowning of the other.

To deny God’s involvement in the affairs of men is tantamount to denying the existence of God Himself. What God does is an extension of His nature. The man who is proud enough to deny his need of God is a fool, Psalm 14:1, demonstrating both a denial of his own wickedness and an ignorance of who God is.

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5 responses to “Charnock on Providence

  1. It truly is foolish to live as though God is not involved in our lives, when He is the One who holds our very breath in His hands.

    Thanks for the visit. I’ll be back.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog, you’re welcome anytime!

    Big Chris
    Because I said so

  3. Great quote! I’ve been meaning to by that book. Thanks for the quote.

    Doug

  4. Beautiful. Providence is a difficult doctrine to understand and yet so comforting.

  5. Charnock has a great way of saying things powerfully.

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