Because I selected virtue as my word of the year, I am curious to see where it pops up in my reading and determined to write them all down. The first instance to be so discovered and copied was in The Secret Providences of God by John Calvin, which I finished on Sunday.
Our virtue is certain because it is provided, not ginned up.
This is certain, that unless virtue is provided from heaven each new moment, because we are fallen we would be ruined a thousand times over. Whomever God elects, He supports with an unconquerable fortitude for perseverance.
To know that the strength I need is not my own, but given to me, is a true comfort. God is much more reliable – not to mention strong! – than I am.
I thought The Secret Providences of God was a great book, briefly and clearly demonstrating that God orchestrates all things without Himself being implicated in His creatures’ wickedness. Providence truly is a comforting doctrine – we are in the hands of One Who knows what He’s doing and does all things well. As Doug Wilson puts it, God draws straight with crooked lines.
My Book Bag
- Theology: The Secret Providences of God by John Calvin (finished)
- Science: The Story of Carbon by Mark D. Uehling (read-aloud at Elementary Lessons)
- History: The Struggle for Sea Power by M.B. Synge (read-aloud at Elementary Lessons)
- Humanities: The Liberal Arts Tradition by Ravi Jain
- Whim: Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson (Just released!)
- Fiction/Memoir: Finished Laughing Gas by P.G. Wodehouse