God does a lot of his work in spite of…

God brings good out of all kinds of things in a fallen world, but that’s no argument that it’s intrinsically good or that it was a good strategy. God does a lot of his work in spite of us not because of us.

Douglas Groothuis, from “Groothuis on Television”, at 25:50

The doctrine of providence…

The doctrine of providence should not be taken as a basis for human laxity, indifference, or apathy. Rather, the Bible teaches both that God is sovereign and that human beings are morally responsible agents. Sometimes these paradoxical truths are taught in the very same verse (see Luke 22:22; Acts 2:23).

Kenneth Richard Samples, from A World of Difference, kindle location 1866

Providence is that sovereign activity…

Providence is that sovereign activity of God whereby he sustains, preserves, and governs all his creatures, and guides all events toward their appointed ends.

John Jefferson Davis, quoted in A World of Difference by Kenneth Richard Samples, kindle location 1840