Matthew Mead on learning from the rod of providence

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THE good and gracious God, the Ruler and Governor of the world, and the disposer of all events, doth nothing rashly or in vain, and therefore hath made it the duty of the sons of men wisely to weigh and consider of his Providences, and to learn Instructions thence, as well as from the Revelations of his mind in his written Word, Micah 6. 9. We are bid to hear the Rod.

And though in the bounteous dispensations of his favours, we can assign no higher cause than his own mere grace and good Will, which is accomplished in the doing good to his Creatures; Yet in the inflicting of Judgment which is his strange work, we may be sure to find something out of himself moving him to it. It cannot be well conceived how man should ever be the subject of pain or sorrow, did not sin render him passible, and open a way for the Sword to enter his bowels, and give it that edge and force which causeth it to pierce the deeper, and to wound more sensibly. ...

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