What dost thou mean by the providence of God?
The almighty and everywhere present power of God;
whereby, as it were by his hand, he upholds and governs
heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought,
fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness,
riches and poverty,
yea, and all things come, not by chance, but be his fatherly hand.
What advantage is it to us to know that God has created, and by his providence does still uphold all things?
That we may be patient in adversity;
thankful in prosperity;
and that in all things, which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father,
that nothing shall separate us from his love;
since all creatures are so in his hand, that without his will they cannot so much as move.