- The design of providence may sometimes lie very hid; and therefore it is good to wait, and not be rash, Psa 78:19.
- Sometimes providence seems to forget the promise; but it is not so, but only the time of the promise is not then come. Gen 15:4 with 16:2.
- Sometimes providence seems to go quite cross to the promise, and his work to go contrary to his Word. But wait ye, they will assuredly meet. Gen 22.
- Ofttimes providence favours a design which yet will be blasted in the end, for that it was not the purpose of God. Jonah 1:3.
- Ofttimes providence will run counter in appearance to the real design, and, by a tract of dispensations, will seem to cross it more and more, till the gravestone appear to be laid on it. And yet, ‘at evening-time it shall be light,’ Zech 14:7.
- Providence many times lays aside the most likely means, and brings about his work by that which nothing is expected of, 2 Kings 5:11-12.
- Lastly, sometimes providence works by contraries, as the blind man was cured with laying clay on his eyes.
From The Beauties of Boston, p344-345. Titled there ‘Important instructions concerning providence.’ Don’t know what the original context was.