While doing all this between Christ's first and second comings, I believe that Christians are to see the hand of God in all things. They are to thank Him for His blessed providence even in their adversities — and also in their ordinary day-to-day circumstances.
As the Heidelberg Catechism (Q. 1 & Lord's Day 10) states, my only com-fort in life and death is that I am not my own but belong with body and soul to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He "so preserves me — that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation."
This blessed providence is "the almighty and everywhere-present power of God, whereby as it were by His hand He upholds and governs Heaven and Earth and all creatures." So: "herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty — yea, and all things — come not by chance, but by His fatherly hand."
There is also an intensely practical result of believing all of this. For thus we learn how to "be patient in adversity; thankful in prosperity; and that in all things which may hereafter befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father — that nothing shall separate us from His love, since all creatures are so in His hand that without His will they cannot so much as move."
This, then, is my God-given faith, dear reader. May the Lord Himself grant, by His great grace, that it may also become yours too!
— Dr. Francis Nigel Lee
Author of the publications: About Sunday; Abraham Kuyper and the Rebirth of True Knowledge; A Christian Introduction to the History of Philosophy; Antichrist in Scripture; Are the Mosaic Laws for Today?; Baby Belief Before Baptism!; Biblical Christianity versus Unbiblical Pacifism; Biblical Principles for Church Architecture; Biblical Private Property versus Socialistic Common Property; Calvin on Creation; Calvin on the Sciences; Calvin on the Weekly Sabbath; Catechism Before Communion!; Catechizing Toward Revival!; Christian Philosophy in Twentieth Century North America; Christocracy and the Divine Savior's Law for All Mankind; Communism (A Christian Evaluation); Communism versus Christianity; Communism versus Creation; Communist Eschatology; Creation and Commission; Culture (A Philosophical and Theological Analysis); Daily Family Worship; Dr. John Owen Re-Presbyterianized; Effective Evangelism; Have You Been Neglecting Your Baby?; John Calvin (True Presbyterian); Keys of Revival in the Modern Church; Materialism, Idealism and Calvinism; Lee vs. Jordan on Paidocommunion; May Christians Ever Go to Law?; Matthew Henry's Covenantal Home Life; Missions as the Heart of the Church's Calling; Mount Sinai and the Sermon on the Mount; Nationality and the Bible; On Common Law; Origin and Destiny of Man; Pentecostalism (New Outpouring or Ancient Heresy?); Philosophy and the Bible; Principles for Church Discipline; Rebaptism Impossible!; Revealed to Babies!; Revival and Daily Family Worship; Revival Through 'Prophesying'; Should the Preacher be the Only Elder to Rule in the Congregation?; South Africa's 'Total Depravity'; Sprinkling Is Scriptural!; Ten Commandments Today!; The Anabaptists and Their Stepchildren; The Basic Ideas of Communism and How They Are Propagated; The Biblical Theory of Christian Education; The Central Significance of Culture; The Christian Afrikaners; The Christian Manifesto of 1984; The Covenantal Sabbath; The Eldership (I-II); The Family Fabric; The Fascination History of Early Britain; The Ministry of the Word; The Office of Deacon; The Sabbath in the Bible; The Salvation of the Early-Dying Infants of Infidels; The Westminster Confession and Modern Society; Toward a Biblical Philosophy; Toward a Biblical Theology; What About Baptism?; What Really Happened (The Severe Limitations of Most Histories); What Saith the Scriptures About Race and Nation?; What Sunday is Really All About; Will Christ or Satan Win This World? — and of many unpublished writings.