Between Sunday and Wednesday, a quote came across our desks–thanks to Kevin DeYoung (again).

If you wondered how the doctrine of Providence makes a difference in how you face life, consider this quote from Guido De Bres, the author of the Belgic Confession (1561). It’s a letter written to his wife while he was incarcerated for his Reformed beliefs.


Guido De Bres

My dear and well-beloved wife in our Lord Jesus, Your grief and anguish are the cause of my writing you this letter.  I most earnestly pray you not to be grieved beyond measure…We knew when we married that we might not have many years together, and the Lord has graciously given us seven.  If the Lord had wished us to live together longer, he could easily have cause it to be so.  But such was not his pleasure.  Let his good will be done….Moreover, consider that I have not fallen into the hands of my enemies by chance, but by the providence of God….All these considerations have made my heart glad and peaceful, and I pray you, my dear and faithful companion, to be glad with me, and to thank the good God for what he is going, for he does nothing but what is altogether good and right…I pray you then to be comforted in the Lord, to commit yourself and your affairs to him, he is the husband of the widow and the father of the fatherless, and he will never leave you nor forsake you.

If you’d like to know more about De Bres and where Providence led him, have a look at Young’s post from where the above quote was lifted.