by Stephen Charnock
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards him.—2 CHRON. 16:9.
The description of God's providence.
1. The immediateness of it; 'his eyes,' his own eyes, not another's. Not like princes, who see by their servants' eyes more than by their own, what is done in their kingdoms; his care is immediate. Though angels are ministers of his providence, the guardians and watchers of the world, yet God is their captain, and is always himself upon the watch.
2. Quickness and speed of providence; 'run.' His eyes do not only walk, but run the round; they are not slumbering eyes, nor drowsy eyelids; their motion is quick and nimble.
3. Extent of providence; 'the whole earth;' all things in the earth, all the hairs on the heads of these men: the meanest worm as well as the mightiest prince; the lowest shrub as well as the tallest cedar; every cranny, corner, or chink of the earth.
4. Diligence of providence; 'to and fro.' His care is repeated, he looks this way and that way, again and again; his eyes are not confined to one place, fixed on one object, but are always rolling about from one place to another.
5. The efficacy of his providence; his care doth engage his strength; he doth not only discover dangers, but prevent them; he hath eyes to see, and power to order all things according to his pleasure; wise to see, and strong to save.
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To the Reader
A Discourse on Divine Providence