Two Great Quotes from Charles H. Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon, the London pastor from 100 years ago said,

I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes – that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit, as well as the sun in the heavens – that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their courses. The creeping of an aphid over the rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence – the fall of . . . leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche.

When Spurgeon was challenged that this is nothing but fatalism and stoicism, he replied,

What is fate? Fate is this – Whatever is, must be. But there is a difference between that and Providence. Providence says, Whatever God ordains, must be; but the wisdom of God never ordains anything without a purpose. Everything in this world is working for some great end. Fate does not say that. . . . There is all the difference between fate and Providence that there is between a man with good eyes and a blind man.

And who can argue that God doesn't have perfect vision. Every attribute God has supports the truth that He has good eyes.


  1. My God is powerful, in control, and purposeful. Fate is an excuse for when our Faith is too small to believe that God is, and will always be.

  2. I love Spurgeon's stuff and this is excellent, so true! I just finished reading "Perfect Praise", a small collection of his sermons and am now beginning "Morning By Morning"...even though I've read it before.
    (I'm Sharon Taylor's mom, we live about 4 hrs north of them here in Brazi.)