Monday, 27 June 2011

Providence and our employment

John Flavel wrote:

Another excellent performance of providence, respecting the good of both your bodies and souls, concerns that employment and calling it has ordered for you in the world.  It has not only an eye upon your well-being in the world to come, but upon your well-being in this world also, and that very much depends upon the station and vocation to which it calls you.

When God puts men into a lawful calling, in which the labour of their hands or heads is sufficient for them, it is a very valuable mercy; for in so doing they eat their own bread. (See 2 Thessalonians 3:12.)

To have an honest and lawful employment, in which you do not dishonour God is benefiting yourselves, is no small mercy.

If God has fitted you with an honest employment in which you have less toil than others, and more time for heavenly exercises, ascribe this benefit to the special care of providence for you.

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