Hope in Fearful, Painful, Troubling Times from B. B. Warfield

“It is because we cannot be robbed of God’s providence that we know, amid whatever encircling gloom, that all things shall work together for good to those who love him. It is because we cannot be robbed of God’s providence that we know that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ – not tribulation, nor anguish, nor persecution, nor famine, nor nakedness, nor peril, nor sword…Were not God’s providence over all, could trouble come without his sending, were Christians the possible prey of this or the other fiendish enemy, when perchance God was musing, or gone aside, or on a journey, or sleeping, what certainty of hope could be ours? ‘Does God send trouble?’ Surely, surely. He and he only. To the sinner in punishment, to his children in chastisement [see Hebrews 12; I Corinthians 11:32]. To suggest that it does not always come from his hands is to take away all our comfort.”

— B. B. Warfield, “God’s Providence Over All,” quoted by Paul Helseth in the dedication of his 2010 book Right Reason and the Princeton Mind, upon the loss of his father to cancer on January 7, 2007 and his first son who was stillborn on June 5, 2008.

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