If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do? 
Psalm 11:3

I do not understand this question to imply that the foundations can be destroyed, 
except in the fears of the righteous. But whenever, in the mind of a righteous person 
there is a distrust as to the stability of the foundation of his hope, then he may well 
say, “What can I do?” Just to the extent of our distrust of the foundations is the 
despondency with which we look upon the tangled and conflicting affairs of this life. 
All our heartiness in work, boldness in enterprise, endurance of affliction, persistence 
in effort, and courage in danger is measured by the degree of our faith in the stability 
of the foundations upon which the Christian religion stands.

If the issues of life are determined by fate or chance, there are no foundations. In the 
one case we become the effortless children of apathy upon whom no responsibility 
devolves, our only consolation being the Oriental proverb, “Kismet.” In the other 
case we become the devotees of ephemeral pleasure with no higher watchword 
than, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

Hence my theme today: The Providence of God is the Christian’s foundation. Under 
these three – Fate, Chance and Divine Providence may be grouped all the theories 
and philosophies of life. There is no room for another classification.

“Providence,” then, being the theme, certain inquiries naturally suggest themselves:

1. What antecedents does the doctrine of Providence imply? 
2. What is Providence? 
3. Who is Providence? 
4. What is the relation of prayer to Providence? 
Finally, what is the effect of simple faith in God’s Providence?

Now under these heads I wish to briefly discuss this question, for I certainly regard 
the Providence of God as a foundation, and “if the foundations be destroyed, what 
can the righteous do?”

Objectively, this foundation will be considered in this sermon as impregnable and 
indestructible. But subjectively, that is in the minds of God’s people, the foundation 
may oftentimes seem to shake. It is not affirmed that this timorous apprehension is 
the habitual state of mind of even the weakest of God’s people, but that even with 
the strongest and bravest, in exceptional emergencies, there may be temporary?distrust. This distrust again is more in practice than in theory. Oftentimes the lips 
pronounce an orthodox reliance on God’s oversight of this world, when the heart is 
sinking and the life is drifting.

Following the outline suggested, let us first answer the inquiry -1. 
What does the doctrine of Providence imply? It implies the being of God, that 
there is a God. It implies that this God possesses all of the requisite attributes of 
Deity; that is, omniscience, knowing all things; omnipotence, having all power; 
omnipresence, being everywhere; and holiness and love. It implies that such a God, 
having the attributes of omniscience and omnipotence and omnipresence and holiness 
and love, created the universe, brought into being everything that you see – what is 
above us, what is below us, ourselves. It implies that this intelligent and powerful and 
benevolent being brought into existence everything that is. In other words, that God 
created this universe with all its creatures.

This implication denies atheism by assuming the being of God. It denies polytheism, 
for but one being can possess the divine attributes. It denies materialism and 
pantheism by assuming God’s existence before matter and His creation of it. So 
much at least being implied, we may proceed to the second inquiry: 
2. What is Providence? The importance of having a clear conception in our minds as 
to the meaning of this term is self-evident. All books on systematic theology 
emphasize the importance of a clear definition just here. I shall not cumber this 
discussion with quotations, but will freely use without other acknowledgment, 
anything in these books that best expresses my own views.

Briefly, then, Providence is God’s continual oversight or government of the universe 
He created. To enlarge somewhat, the term, Providence, expresses the divine 
agency in the direction, control and issue of all the events in the physical and moral 
universe. All of them? Yes. Does He direct every event in the physical world? Every 
one.

How sublime the doctrine as set forth in the 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st chapters of 
Job! The rain, the dew, the frost, the seasons, are always directly under His control: 
“Hath the rain a father? Or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Out of 
whose womb came the ice? And the hoary frost of heaven, who hath 
gendered it? The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is 
frozen. Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands 
of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou 
guide Arcturus with his sons?” (Job 38:28-32.)

He directs every event in the physical world. I do not refer simply to the events that 
relate to the spheres in their magnitude and in their movements. I refer to the most 
infinitesimal detail, minutia, that takes place in the whole physical world. 
He has just that kind of direction in the moral world, as it relates to human beings 
and angelic intelligences; that it is not only direction but control; that it is not only 
control, but that it governs the issue, the direction, the control, the issue or outcome 
of all events in the physical and in the moral universe.

In other words, having created the universe, He governs the universe. He did not 
make the world and wind it up like a clock and go to sleep and let it run itself. I 
mean that His direction and control and government of the issue applies to all forces 
that are in operation in the physical world, otherwise called laws of nature. They are 
nothing more than the expressions of the divine will.

Or, take this definition: Providence is that continuous, effective, all-comprehensive 
agency of God by which He makes all the events of the moral and physical universe 
to fulfill the design with which He created the universe.

Let us consider that definition a moment. It is expressed in somewhat different terms 
from the other, but the idea is the same – that having made a world, He governs it, 
superintends it, not by an intermittent agency, but by a continuous agency; not by a 
slight agency, but by an effective agency; not by a partial agency, but by an all-comprehensive agency. I mean that the agency is just as comprehensive as the 
universe is.

To get still nearer to what I mean by all-comprehensiveness, that it is not only an 
agency over classes, but equally over the individuals in the classes; that it is not 
merely an agency over the whole of a world, but over all of its parts; that it is not 
merely a general Providence, but that it is a particular Providence; that it takes 
cognizance of everything; that it is just as essential to the idea of Providence to 
believe that the very hairs of your heads are numbered, and that it is just as essential 
to believe that not a sparrow can fall to the ground without our heavenly Father 
knowing it, as to believe that not a world could be blotted out. 
I mean that it is a continuous, effective, all-comprehensive, divine agency. That it is 
so in the sense of administering a kingdom; a kingdom implying a personal king; a 
kingdom implying jurisdiction, implying government; that the kingdom of God is 
supreme, that it is over all other kingdoms; that all other kingdoms must be 
subordinated to the kingdom of God; that the issue will be just what this definition 
expresses: That it is the continuous, effective, all-comprehensive, divine agency?which makes all events in the physical and moral universe fulfill the original design 
with which He created that universe.

To advance a little in the thought of this definition: Once settle your mind on the idea 
of Providence and there is no such thing as chance, there is no such thing as luck, 
there is no such thing as fate. That this Providence “is not simply foreseeing but 
forseeing,” not simply looking ahead beforehand, but looking ahead for, or in order 
to, the accomplishment of its purposes and desires, “forseeing as well as foreseeing.” 
An agent is a doer, or actor, not an influence; it is the personal supervision of an 
individual.

With that definition clear before us, we may enlarge on one thought: All that is 
involved in the definition that has been given is applicable to moral creatures without 
interfering (how, I do not know, but yet without interfering) with their freedom of 
action and responsibility. Of course you may say the two propositions cannot co-exist. 
Your own consciousness replies to you bearing testimony within you not only 
to the superintending providence of God over your life, but also the freedom of your 
own individual actions.

Here let us squarely face the main difficulty ¾ how about sinful actions? Now, while 
I will be brief on this point, I want to be very clear, endeavoring to show just how 
God’s providence, as defined, touches, bears upon the evil actions of men. I think I 
can make myself understood, and I will use certain terms suggested by Dr. Strong, 
of Rochester, in order to make it clear that God’s providence touches evil actions 
and the doers of them.

Let Bible events illustrate: Abimelech took Abraham’s wife. There were no human 
barriers to oppose his will or restrain his desires. Yet was he hindered from 
committing a great sin. How hindered? God’s Spirit touched his spirit in a dream: 
“Thou art but a dead man for the woman thou hast taken I withheld thee from sinning 
against me.”

Anyone who thoughtfully examines the events of his past life can call up some case 
where there had been a desire to do a wrong thing, and where there had been 
opportunity to do a wrong thing, and where, arguing from his past feelings upon such 
subjects, he would have said that as a human proposition, given that desire and that 
opportunity, the sin would have been committed, and yet he knows that 
notwithstanding a conjunction of both desire and opportunity, the evil was not done. 
How does he explain it? “Something kept me from doing it.”?So when Laban pursued after Jacob. He had followed Jacob all the way from Mesopotamia to the brook Jabbok, about half way down the eastern border of Palestine, and now was within sight of Jacob, with an overpowering force. Jacob is just as helpless in the hands of Laban as a timid dove is under the claws and beak of a hawk. Laban followed him to smite him and despoil him. Why didn’t he do it? Let him explain:

“It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt; but the God of your fathers 
spake unto me yesternight, saying, take thou heed that thou speak not to 
Jacob either good or bad.” (Genesis 31:29.)

Here was a restraining and preventive force that came by night upon that man of 
violence more efficacious in staying the execution of his fell and persistent purpose 
than any available human intervention.

To precisely that feature of Providence David refers in his prayer, “Keep back thy 
servant from presumptuous sin.” That is, “O Lord, when in a moment of weakness I 
am going astray, and when my powers of resistance to evil have been undermined 
and I am about to commit an awful offense, O God, prevent it! Keep me back. In 
some way keep me back from presumptuous sin.”

The thought is expressed in one of the prophets where God himself explains why His 
people had not committed certain heinous offenses: “Because I built up a hedge of 
thorns between you and that sin.” Now that hedge of thorns that God builds up 
between the one who desires to commit an offense prevents the sin.

A writer of a modern romance avails himself of this well known subjection of the 
human mind to the influence of providential interference in presenting a pathetic 
instance where one, cruel by nature, cruel by habit, full of hatred toward a certain 
object, had fully determined to strike when the opportunity came, and yet in the very 
hour of opportunity was prevented from saying one hostile word by what seemed to 
be a pure accident, and that is, that somebody had left a baby’s shoe on her table. It 
was not there when she went out of the room and she comes back and finds her own 
long-buried little baby’s shoe on her table. Instantly memory leaps back to her one 
child. Instantly she hears the lisping prattle of that long silent tongue; she hears the 
sound of well-known pattering footsteps; she remembers the one and only time that 
she put this very little shoe upon that baby’s foot and her hard heart broke and 
melted, long dried-up fountains of tears overflowed and so the memory of that dead 
and buried baby expelled the purpose of malice from the heart. Now that illustrates 
the preventive providence of God.?Consider another term: The permissive providence of God. The permissive providence of God is simply God’s not putting forth His preventive force; that is all. We sometimes see that God permits a man to sin who has been hindered a week, a year, two years, five years. He has tried hard hitherto to do this mean, devilish thing and God has withheld opportunity. God has brought in somebody or something to 
interrupt him.

Some force visible or occult has stayed his hand. But he incorrigibly followed after 
that sin until at last God said, “Now I will just remove my prevention, I will not incite 
him, but I will break down my hedge of thorns.”

God never tempts to sin. That is what is called “letting a man alone,” “leaving him to 
his own devices.” God says to His Spirit, “Let him alone. You have been preventing. 
You have been guarding. You have been hedging. And he fights against the restraint 
and bruises himself against the hedge, and manifests an incorrigible spirit to go on 
and commit this offense. Now, if he will, let him go his way. I will call him no more. I 
will visit him neither by day nor by night. So far as that providence is concerned 
which has hovered over him and kept him back from presumptuous sin, I will take it 
away. Now, sinner, commit thy sin.” That is permissive providence. 
The case of a good man, Hezekiah, is an example. He had grown unmindful of 
God’s care for him and got to thinking that he was holding himself up until it became 
necessary to teach him a lesson. The Scriptures tell us, in the 32nd chapter of 2 
Chronicles, how this man, who it seemed could not make a mistake, that went along 
accomplishing everything he wished, until he really thought that he was infallible and 
invincible, all at once stumbled and fell, as much to his own surprise as to the wonder 
of others.

God explains it to him. He had let him alone for a little season to show him that his 
help was in the Lord. It needed to be done. It was a part of God’s discipline. 
So dealt the Lord with David, another good man. David knew his fundamental 
principles of divine government, that as power rested in God it made no difference 
about numbers; that the Lord could work with a few people; that one could chase a 
thousand and two could put ten thousand to flight. But David got into his mind a vain 
conceit that frequently misleads modern Christians ¾ pride in numbers: “I have a 
large people now, let us count them and glory in their multitude.” 
Seeing David’s bent, the Lord took away the hedge and let him do what he pleased. 
One scripture expresses it, “The Lord moved David to number Israel,” while 
another, referring to the same event, says, “Satan moved David to number Israel.” 
And the question is, “How can both be true?” The answer is this: Satan had been?trying to move him to do that for a long while and Satan could not make him do it 
because this intervening providence of God had kept him from it. Now when God 
just gets out of the way, Satan gets in and you may say the Lord moved, or the Lord 
permitted it to be done. Satan moved him. He would have moved him sooner if God 
had permitted.

The providence of God is not only preventive and permissive of evil but is also 
directive. What do I mean by directive? I mean that God so directs evil actions as to 
disappoint the purpose and expectation of the sinner and his tempter. 
Let us get that very clear. Two scriptures will serve to show that God’s providence 
is directive with reference to the actions of evil men when it so operates that this evil 
action shall miss its issue, shall come to another issue neither intended nor desired by 
the perpetrator.

The first scripture is from the book of Genesis. The wicked brothers of Joseph, who 
had sold him into Egypt, are now in trouble in that very land. Their consciences 
accuse them:

“And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, 
in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us and we would 
not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us. And Reuben answered 
them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and 
ye would not hear? Therefore, behold, also his blood is required.” (Genesis 42:21, 22.)

This was the human side. 
On the other hand, hear Joseph: “I am Joseph, your brother, whom ye sold into 
Egypt. Now, therefore, be not grieved nor angry with yourselves that ye sold me 
hither; for God did send me before you to preserve life *** to preserve you a 
posterity in the earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now, it was 
not you that sent me hither, but God.” That is, you meant evil. God directed that 
action so as to change it into an issue that was not foreseen nor purposed by you. 
The other scripture is from the fourth chapter of Acts. These two will answer for a 
thousand. They equal in importance any in the Bible:

“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one 
accord, and said, Lord, Thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth, 
and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of Thy servant David 
hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The 
kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the?Lord, and against His Christ. For of a truth against Thy holy child Jesus, 
whom Thou has anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, 
and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever Thy 
hand and Thy counsel determined before to be done.” (Acts 4:24-28.)

Now here was an entirely independent purpose and expectation on the part of 
Herod, on the part of Pilate, on the part of the Jews. They meant death and ruin and 
yet God’s providence governed their very malice to an issue neither foreseen, 
desired nor purposed by them, in that it accomplished not only His own 
predetermined purpose, working not for the ruin but for the salvation of the world. 
Yet another term may be employed to show how the providence of God touches evil 
actions, to-wit, determinative. Terminus means a boundary, a limit, and to 
determinate is to set a boundary. The providence of God then touches evil actions by 
putting a limit upon them. An illustrative case or two may be rapidly stated. 
The devil wanted to get hold of Job, to worry and destroy him. He asked the Lord 
for an opportunity. God, having purposes of His own to accomplish concerning Job 
and others, gave the permission but set a limit at Job’s life: “You may take his cows; 
you may take his camels; you may take his children so far as their earthly health and 
existence is concerned; you may touch Job himself and cover his body with 
loathsome ulcers, but the life of Job, the soul of Job, the spiritual standing of Job in 
the sight of God, oh, devil, you cannot touch.” There God puts an impassable 
barrier.

In the same direction are the words of the Psalmist:

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say: If it 
had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us, 
then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against 
us: then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul; 
then the proud waters had gone over our soul; blessed be the Lord, who 
hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of 
the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we are escaped.” 
(Psalm 124:1-7.)

That is oftentimes true. If you leave God out, wickedness could put to death every 
Christian in Waco in a week. Leave out the determinative providence of God, that 
feature of God’s providence that sets a limit to the wrath of evil men and the devil, 
and the foundation would be removed, and then what could the righteous do??We may well apply these words to the present state of our missionary work in 
‘Texas. God’s determinative providence has set a limit to the relentless obstructers 
of His holy cause. In our impatience it may seem a long way off. But it will come, 
and when the Almighty’s barrier is reached, we shall have peace and prosperity in 
our afflicted Zion.

Satan was permitted to sift Peter as wheat, but Jesus insured that his faith should not 
fail. A messenger of Satan was permitted to buffet Paul and become an almost 
unbearable thorn in his flesh. But God’s almighty grace was sufficient for him. 
Our next inquiry is: Who is Providence? This is an important question to Christians. 
How shall it be answered? I appeal to prophecy:

“Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” (Psalm 2:6.)

“The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine 
enemies thy footstool.” (Psalm 110:1.)

“Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; the sceptre of thy kingdom is a 
right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness; therefore 
God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” 
(Psalm 45:6, 7.)

“And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, 
Behold the man whose name is the Branch and He shall grow up out of His 
place, and He shall build the temple of the Lord. Even He shall build the 
temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon 
His throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne; and the counsel of 
peace shall be between them both.” (Zechariah 6:12, 13.)

Who is this King, this priest on the throne? Of whom speak the prophets these 
things? Let the New Testament answer. Paul thus prayed:

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto 
you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. The eyes of 
your understanding be enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His 
calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and 
what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, 
according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ 
when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the 
heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and 
dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in?that which is to come, and hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to 
be the head over all things to the church.” (Ephesians 1:17-22.)

Who is Providence? Let Paul answer again: “Who, being in the form of God, thought 
it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation and took 
upon Him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of man, and being 
found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient unto death, 
even the death of the cross. Wherefore God hath also highly exalted Him and given 
Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should 
bow, of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth, and that every 
tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” 
Consider, moreover, the passages in the book of Hebrews, which cite the Psalms 
from which we have quoted. They find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Hear himself 
speak: “All power in heaven and on earth is given unto me.”

Who is it that sits on the throne of the judgment? Jesus Christ, your Savior. Before 
whom shall stand all the dead, small and great? Jesus. And according to what shall 
they be judged? The laws of Jesus. Who shall assess the penalty for the violation of 
these laws? Jesus. At whose bidding today is every wind and wave and element and 
force and star and atom? Under whose control and jurisdiction is every power in this 
universe? Under the control of Jesus.

He is Providence, and with an effective, continuous, all-comprehensive, divine 
agency He touches every event in the physical and in the moral world. To what end? 
That to them that love God all things shall work together for good.

Who is Providence? Oh, ye doubting ones! A little storm darkens your horizon for a 
while – an ephemeral thing. You forget He is riding it; that on the neck of that courser 
of the skies lie the reins and that those reins are in the hands of Jesus Christ, and that 
all things shall work together for good to them that love God.

For whom is the royal diadem? Who is to be the crowned? That One who has 
written on His thigh, “King of kings and Lord of lords.” That One who came to the 
Ancient of Days and received a kingdom which is an everlasting kingdom; that One 
who shall reign until all His enemies are put under His feet, and the last enemy that 
shall be destroyed is death. Why should the heathen rage and the people imagine 
vain things? Who shall say the foundations are destroyed? On what reasonable 
ground quakes your cowardly heart? Why is your right arm nerveless? Why have 
you permitted the devil to come and pluck courage and faith and hope out of your 
heart when the Lord God omnipotent reigneth and reigneth today and reigneth over 
everything??Let us next ascertain the relation of faith to Providence. How manifest and self-evident is this relation? Inquire of your own heart: Does your faith rest in a dead God 
or a living one? A God who sleeps or who is awake? Do you believe in a God 
manifest in Christ or without a manifestation?

If a little boy could lie down on the deck of a ship, saying, “My father’s captain,” 
how much more can a Christian say, “Let the devil bark. Let puny earthquakes 
shake this globe. Let the wicked fight and howl and shout. When the enemy comes 
upon thee like a flood, then the Lord lifteth up the standard.”

Have you faith in the providences of God? The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let 
us see now if you have faith in Providence. Test it, my brethren. Are you like David 
once when his heart failed him? Hear his doleful confession, Psalm 73:

 

“Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for 
me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was 
envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” (Verses 1-3.)

“Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in 
riches. Verily, I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in 
innocency.” (Verses 12, 13.)

“When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; until I went into the 
sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in 
slippery places; thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they 
brought into desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with 
terrors.” (Verses 16-19.)

“Nevertheless I am continually with thee; thou hast holden me by my right 
hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to 
glory.” (Verses 23, 24.)

 

Ah, brother, have you worried over the prosperity of the wicked? Have you been a 
fool and brutish, like David? Have you stumbled at such thoughts? Then enter the 
sanctuary. Stand next to God; get behind the curtain; see the reach of God’s 
foresight and the sweep of His sword of justice, see the threads of all events in His 
hands, see how He is drawing them to a consummation absolutely at His disposal; 
then understand.

Yes, little bird, when even you fell, O sparrow, your Father knew that. And every 
hair on my head is numbered and my God knoweth all my needs and my God is able?to supply all my wants; and my God is able to care for me in any emergency that 
may arise.

Jesus, forgive me, if for one treacherous moment I ever allow a shadow of doubt as 
to divine providence to come into my heart.

Very briefly, in conclusion, what is the relation of prayer to Providence? Let a single 
scripture express it:

 

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest that is passed into the heavens, 
Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an 
High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but 
was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore 
come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find 
grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16.)
Providence there, prayer here. Because there is a Providence, pray. Because that 
Providence is a person; that person is Jesus Christ, and that throne of power is also 
a throne of grace, a throne for prayer to reach, therefore come to the throne of 
grace.

But what good will it do? “Shall not God avenge His own, they that cry unto Him 
day and night?” What good? Behold that picture in Revelation: “I saw an angel and 
he had in his hand a smoking censer.”

And that censer contained the prayers of the saints of God, and he carried those 
prayers to the golden altar and he waved those prayers before the throne of God, 
and as that censer waved and smoked, what followed? All of those wonderful things 
that are mentioned in the book of Revelation. The elements leaped to the foot of the 
throne and said, “The prayer has touched us.” Disease came and said, “Prayer has 
touched me.” Pestilence came, with her loathsome form, and grimvisaged, red-handed 
war, and conflagration with her torch; these all came, and as ministers in 
answer to prayer said unto God, “Send us,” and thus God says, “Avenge my 
people.”

Now in conclusion, such being Providence, and you having faith in that Providence, 
and all the time praying to that Providence, what is the result? This is the climax. I 
will read it, from the 26th chapter of Isaiah. It has oftentimes been a great comfort to 
me. Not always but many times I have said in my heart just what it says: “In that day 
shall this song be sung.” Now, what is it? “We have a strong city. Salvation will God 
appoint for its walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates that the righteous nations that?keepeth truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is 
stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee.”

Many of God’s saints, in the stormiest and darkest periods of their lives, have had 
that peace, perfect peace, without anxiety in view of trouble or difficulty. “Lord, I 
trust thee. My song is this: That I have faith in God, faith in the Providence of God; 
and while wolves may howl around my dwelling, they cannot enter in, and while night 
may bring her curtains of darkness and wrap the world about, there is a light inside. 
While winter may come with its cold and chilling blasts and bind in iron the earth 
outside, it is warm in here. My heart is full of peace because stayed on God. My 
trust is in thee.”

Now, brethren, I ask you, when you seriously reflect on what Providence implies, on 
what Providence is and who Providence is, the relation of faith to Providence and 
the relation of prayer to Providence, ought not your hearts at once to accept this 
proposition expressed so often in the scriptures? What is it? “The Lord God 
omnipotent reigneth forever. Let the earth rejoice. Let it rejoice.” Let the world be 
glad that God reigneth. Trust it. Lean your head on it and your heart on it. Put your 
soul’s most perfect love upon Jesus.

But you say, “Oh, this man and that man!” Well, now, do you call that a foundation? 
No man is a foundation. It is only a Romanist that would make Peter a foundation. 
“On this Rock I build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” 
And that Rock is Christ. Therefore

 

“On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;All other ground is sinking sand.”

 

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Benajah Harvey Carroll was born in Mississippi and raised in Texas. He was a soldier for the Confederate army. In 1865, at the age of twenty two, he converted to Christianity at a Methodist camp meeting after taking up a preacher's challenge to experiment with Christianity. After the war, he was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Waco and later the founder of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, still the largest seminary in the world. He was a powerful leader of the Southern Baptist Convention and was a formidable foe in the political controversies that often arose. He almost always found himself on the conservative side of such issues. He was mildly Calvinistic and a postmillieniallst. He stood strongly against Modernism and Catholicism. He believed that preaching was the essence of the pastor's duty; he was an expositor in the truest sense. He believed in the authority and the inspiration of the Bible first and foremost. He criticized and chided the "Higher Criticism" teachers as being false brethren. Carroll published 33 volumes of works, and is best known for his 17-volume commentary, An Interpretation of the English Bible. Benajah Harvey Carroll died November 11, 1914, and is buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, Texas.

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