Book 1 - Knowledge of God the Creator
Chapter 17 - Applying Providence to our greatest benefit
Sections 1-5 - Providence in past and future
Section 1 - The meaning of God's ways
God's will is the cause of all things, for His glory, and for our good and sanctification.
Ps 40:5; John 9:3
Section 2 - God's rule will be observed with respect!
Some only grant God is just in what their reason can understand that He does.
God's will is a deep abyss (Ps 36:6), yet also close and familiar (Deut 30:11-14).
He has a will hidden from us, beyond what is in Scripture.
Rom 11:33-34; Job 20:3; Isa 11:2; Ps 119:105; Job 26:14; 28:21, 28.
Deut 29:29 sums this up: "The secret things belong to Yahweh our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and our children forever."
Section 3 - God's providence does not relieve us from responsibility
Pagans blamed their sins on God.
We cannot neglect the means God uses to bring about His will.
Sin is still sin.