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March 11, 2010

Letting God Govern

When Bulstrode Whitelock was embarking as Cromwell's envoy to Sweden in 1653, he was much disturbed in mind as he rested in Harwich on the preceding night, while he reflected on the distracted state of the nation. It happens that a confidential servant slept in an adjacent bed, who, finding that his master could not sleep, at length said, "Pray, sir, will you give me leave to ask you a question?"


"Pray, sir, do you not think that God governed the world very well before you came into it?"


"And pray, sir, do you not think that He will govern it quite as well when you are gone out of it?"


"Then, sir, pray excuse me, but do not you think you may trust Him to govern it quite as well as long as you live?"

To the question Whitelock had nothing to reply, but, turning about, soon fell fast asleep.

Christian, don't you think God can govern the circumstances and steps of your life as He did for the Prophets and Apostles of old? "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not, neither do they spin; and yet I saw unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these" (Mat. 6:28, 29).—Sunday School Times

Subjects: Worry

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