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A Paradox of Providence

Apr. 12, 2013By: Kristie Burns

You've likely read something written by the "Prince of Preachers" Charles Spurgeon, or at least heard him quoted by a preacher or author.  But likely you have never read something written by his wife Susannah, who also wrote devotionally, exhibiting a theological depth and rich love for God.  

Here is an excerpt from Susannah's devotional entry entitled "A Paradox of Providence," in which she meditates on the words of Deuteronomy 6:23 "He brought us out,... that He might bring us in."

Dear Lord, this is a paradox of providence, which both manifests and magnifies the glorious sovereignty of Your grace!  Give us such true and tender trust in You, that Your "dealings" may never perplex or terrify us; but, rather, be the openings and discoveries of Your covenant love.  Let us learn to read Your ways with us, as a skillful reader interprets a choice book, seeing the sentences in advance, as it were, and thus rendering a clear and continuous impression of the author's mind and purpose.

The lesson set before us may be, "He has torn, He has smitten," "He makes sore, He wounds;" and, in our own experience, we may feel how painful is the truth thus taught.  But if the eye of faith can discern the precious postscripts which follow, "He will heal." "He will bind us up," "His hands make whole," we are strengthened to endure patiently the trial which is so sure to end in triumph; and we say, "Ah, Lord! You do but frown--to make Your smile sweeter! You do kill--only that You may make alive!  Blessed wounding, gracious suffering, which places us under the great Physician's love and care!"

To read more of her devotional writings, check out "A Basket of Summer Fruit," edited by Jennifer Adams.     

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