The ways of God's Providence

First of all, my brother, I must say that we do not know the ways of God's Providence, and therefore we must surrender everything connected with us to Him for His ordering, and even more should you do this now. For if you want to judge according to human reasoning concerning what is happening instead of laying all your cares upon God, then those thoughts will only make it harder for you. Thus, when opposing thoughts attack you and pressure you, you should call out to God, "Lord! as You wish, as You know, order this matter"; for God's Providence accomplishes much that is beyond our comprehension and hopes. Furthermore,
sometimes what we had supposed to be true turns out to be different in actual experience. In a word: during temptations we must have much patience and pray, and not desire, as I have said, or assume that we can overcome demonic thought by human thoughts. Knowing this, Abba Poemen said that the scripture telling us not to take care for the morrow (Mt. 6:34) refers to a man who is in temptations.

And thus, my son, believe that this is the truth, abandon all your own thought, however wise it is, and have hope in God, Who can do incomparably more than we can ask or think (Eph. 3:20). I could have answered everything you said, but I do not want to contradict you or even myself. I only wish to show you the way to hope in God, for this path is the least dangerous and the most sure. The Lord be with you.

Abba Dorotheos


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