A few days ago the Lord gave me a word which hasn’t left my mind all week long… providence. Merriam Webster gives it this definition: divine guidance or care, God-conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny. That was good; I needed a definition, however, I knew I needed more. What I found was a sermon by Charles Spurgeon, circa 1908, which gave me the clarity I needed to fully absorb the meaning of this word and why God wanted me to understand it. It’s crazy how something so old is so accurate, especially in a day and time when we think we know it all.
Spurgeon paints the picture of providence being like a wheel. I’ll borrow some of his thoughts here and hopefully you too can read his entire sermon to learn more about fate, destiny and providence. If you can get past the turn of the century Old English you will see a modern day message (see http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/3114.htm)
I have just hinted at the reason why Providence is like a wheel; because sometimes one part of the wheel is at the top, and then it is at the bottom. Sometimes this part is exalted, and anon it sinks down to the dust. Then it is lifted to the air, and then again by a single revolution it is brought down again to the earthâ€¦So it is with our life. Our own experience is never a stable thing; it is always changing, always turning round…Such is the state of man. Providence is like a wheel.
Dear sister, does this explain your life to you? I tell you, it spoke volumes to me. That’s why his next point is so important I must share it with you. This can honestly be the first day of the rest of your life if you understand the next part of his “word picture”… apply this to your life RIGHT NOW! Where ever you are, up on the wheel or down, the axel stays the same… He’s the only one holding it all together… He is your FORTUNE!
You know that, in a wheel there is one portion that never turns round, that stands steadfast; and that is the axle. So in God’s Providence, there is an axle which never moves. Christian, here is a sweet thought for thee! Thy state is ever changing; sometimes thou art exalted, and sometimes depressed; yet there is an unmoving point in thy state… The exterior of the wheel is changing, but the center stands forever fixed. Other things may move; but God’s love never moves: it is the axle of the wheel; and this is another reason why Providence should be compared to a wheel.