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God’s Providence Restrains Sin

So when Laban pursued after Jacob. He had followed Jacob all the way from Mesopotamia to the brook Jabbok, about half way down the eastern border of Palestine, and now was within sight of Jacob, with an overpowering force.

Jacob is just as helpless in the hands of Laban as a timid dove is under the claws and beak of a hawk. Laban followed him to smite him and despoil him. Why didn’t he do it? Let him explain:

 

“It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt; but the God of your fathers spake unto me yesternight, saying, take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.” (Genesis 31:29.)

Here was a restraining and preventive force that came by night upon that man of violence more efficacious in staying the execution of his fell and persistent purpose than any available human intervention.

To precisely that feature of Providence David refers in his prayer, “Keep back thy servant from presumptuous sin.” That is, “O Lord, when in a moment of weakness I am going astray, and when my powers of resistance to evil have been undermined and I am about to commit an awful offense, O God, prevent it! Keep me back. In some way keep me back from presumptuous sin.”

B. H. Carroll—The Providence of God

God’s Providence even Restrains the Evil Actions of Men

Here let us squarely face the main difficulty—how about sinful actions? Now, while I will be brief on this point, I want to be very clear, endeavoring to show just how God’s providence, as defined, touches, bears upon the evil actions of men. I think I can make myself understood, and I will use certain terms suggested by Dr. Strong, of Rochester, in order to make it clear that God’s providence touches evil actions and the doers of them.

Let Bible events illustrate: Abimelech took Abraham’s wife. There were no human barriers to oppose his will or restrain his desires. Yet was he hindered from committing a great sin. How hindered? God’s Spirit touched his spirit in a dream: “Thou art but a dead man for the woman thou hast taken I withheld thee from sinning against me.”

B. H. Carroll—The Providence of God

Concerning Entertaining Sorrows

Sorrows, because they are lingering guests, I will entertain but moderately, knowing that the more they are made of the longer they will continue: and for pleasures, because they stay not, and do but call to drink at my door, I will use them as passengers with slight respect. He is his own best friend that makes the least of both of them.

Joseph Hall