How is your day going?

"A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” (Psalm 119:71)

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.” (Psalm 138:7)

Reading The Institutes of the Christian Religion by the 16th Century Reformer, John Calvin, always cooks up a piping-hot meal to warm the heart and mind. Below, Calvin addresses the ups and downs of everyday living—the happenings of the providence of God. The Lord takes up his role as the helmsman, steering the life of each one, and guiding all that we experience with his interpersonal nearness and care. He’s working and he’s performing his will; and we are busy trusting, serving, acting, and obeying every micro-step of the way.

It is good to walk with the Lord.

“We must know that God's providence, as it is taught in Scripture, is opposed to fortune or fortuitous happenings. Now it has been commonly accepted in all ages, and almost all mortals hold the same opinion today, that all things come about through chance. What we ought to believe concerning providence is by this depraved opinion most certainly not only beclouded, but almost buried. Suppose a man falls among thieves, or wild beasts; is shipwrecked at sea by a sudden gale; is killed by a falling house or tree. Suppose another man wandering through the desert finds help in his straits; having been tossed by the waves, reaches harbor; miraculously escapes death by a finger's breadth. Carnal reason ascribes all such happenings, whether prosperous or adverse, to fortune. But anyone who has been taught by Christ's lips that all the hairs of his head are numbered [Matt. 10:30] will look farther afield for a cause, and will consider that all events are governed by God's secret plan. And concerning inanimate objects we ought to hold that, although each one has by nature been endowed with its own property, yet it does not exercise its own power except in so far as it is directed by God's ever-present hand. These are, thus, nothing but instruments to which God continually imparts as much effectiveness as he wills, and according to his own purpose bends and turns them to either one action or another.”

The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I, pp. 198-199 (McNeill and Battles edition)

GuidanceMark Sumpter