I am slowly going through a wonderful book by Jonathan Aitken called John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace. His life prior to Christ was one instance after another of God’s divine providence protecting his life, even when his life was so profane and blasphemous that few thought it worth protecting.
In his journal, even with the chaos, God taught him an important truth about God’s protection and providence:
Thus when we think of ourselves in the greatest safety we are no less exposed to danger than when all seems conspiring to destroy us. The divine providence that is sufficient to deliver us in our utmost extremity is equally necessary in the most peaceful situation.
Do we recognize and praise God for the ways He protects us in every circumstance? Do we see His hand of strength on us in both storm and calm?
Let’s hold tight to Newton’s insight!