God has a fixed providence...

posted 8 Dec 2013, 15:09 by Stephen Chaffer   [ updated 8 Dec 2013, 15:09 ]
William Ames (1576–1633), in his sermons on the Heidelberg Catechism, deduced the following lessons from Romans 11:36, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” He wrote, 
  • “God has a fixed providence by which He cares for all things and directs them to His own glory.” God’s wisdom, not chance, moves all that is unto its proper end. 
  • “The providence of God includes in itself not only the intention but also the comprehension of the goal.” God always achieves His goals; His blessedness proves it, and His power and wisdom guarantee it. 
  • “The providence of God extends to all things.” God is a good head of household (Eph. 2:19) who takes care of all His children and all His property. God does not force His creatures to act, but rules them “sweetly” according to their nature. [17]

William Ames, A Sketch of the Christian’s Catechism, trans. Todd M. Rester (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2008), 55–58.