The kind providence of God in not suffering us to lack the basic needs of life is surely a striking illustration of His wonderful love.  What is more desirable than to be objects of God’s care, especially if we have sufficient understanding to conclude from the liberality with which He supports us that He is our Father?  For everything is to be viewed in reference to this point.  It would be better for us to perish for want than to have mere brute satisfaction that forgets the main thing, that only those are happy whom God has chosen as His people.

In giving us meat and drink, God allows us to enjoy a certain measure of happiness, but it does not follow that believers who struggle through life in want and poverty are miserable, for this want, whatever it be, God can counterbalance by better consolation.

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