Do we believe that everything in the world and in our own lives down to the minutest details is ordered by the providence of God? Do we ever take time to observe and meditate on the workings of Providence? If not, are we missing much?
It should be a delight and pleasure to us to discern how God works all things in the world for His own glory and His people’s good. But it should be an even greater pleasure to observe the particular designs of Providence in our own lives. ‘O, what a world of rarities’, says John Flavel, ‘are to be found in Providence…With what profound wisdom, infinite tenderness, and incessant vigilance it has managed all that concerns us from first to last’. It was to persuade Christians of the excellency of observing and meditating upon this that Flavel first published his Mystery of Providence in 1678.
Since then the work has gone through many editions. Based on the words ‘God that performeth all things for me’ (Ps. 57 v 2) this work shows us how Providence works for us in every stage and experience of our lives. The book is richly illustrated from the lives of believers and from the author’s wide reading in church history. There are avenues of spiritual knowledge and experience opened to the Christian in this work which he probably never knew existed.
Paperback, 280 pages
Publication Date: January 2022
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE EVIDENCE OF PROVIDENCE
1. The Work of Providence for the Saints
2. Our Birth and Upbringing
3. The Work of Conversion
4. Our Employment
5. Family Affairs
6. Preservation of the Saints from Evil
7. The Work of Sanctification
MEDITATION ON THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD
8. The Duty of Meditation on Providence
9. How to Meditate on the Providence of God
10. The Advantages of Meditating on Providence
APPLICATION OF THE DOCTRINE OF PROVIDENCE
11. Practical Implications for the Saints
12. Practical Problems in Connection with Providence
13. The Advantages of Recording our Experiences of Providence
‘It is a wonderful book, the Banner serves us all by keeping it in print. Flavel does a wonderful job of helping you to meditate on how God’s sovereign kindness is seen even in the strangest circumstances…he knew suffering himself, and he was faithful.’ — MARK DEVER
John Flavel was an English Presbyterian clergyman and author. Flavel’s most popular works include Keeping the Heart, The Mystery of Providence, and The Fountain of Life.