The White Side of God's Providence

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874 – 1922), the British Antarctic explorer, recalled the march with two of his men in Georgia, Ernest Shackleton“When I look back,” he said, “I have no doubt that Providence guided us, not only across the snowfields, but across the storm-white sea. I know that during that long and racking march of thirty-six hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers of South Georgia, it seemed to me often that we were four, not three. I said nothing to my companions on the point, but afterward Worsley said to me, ‘Boss, I had a curious feeling on that march that there was another person with us.’” 1

“He guides me on the right track for His name’s sake,” is the way C. C. Briggs translates Psalm 23:3. 2

In Psalm 32:8, God promises, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eyes.” This can also read, “I will counsel you, My eye will be upon you.”

De Witte says, “My eye will be directed towards you.” The idea is that of one who is telling another what way he is to take in order that he may reach a certain place. He promises to watch us, keep His eye on us, and not let us go wrong. 3

One poet, speaking of our birth, beautifully said, “Every soul leaves port under sealed orders. We cannot know whither we are going, or what we are to do, until the time comes for the breaking of the seal.”

Dr. A. J. Gordon continued, “But I can tell you something more beautiful than this. Every regenerated soul set out on its voyage with an invisible Captain on board who knows the nature of our sealed orders from the outset, and who will shape our entire voyage accordingly if we will only let Him.” 4

“The saints seem to have the worst of it, but it is not so. Providence is not rolled upon unequal and crooked wheels. E’re it be long, we shall see the white side of God’s providence.” 5


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  1. Walter B. Knight, Knight’s Master Book of New Illustrations, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1956, p. 271
  2. Robert H. Schuller, Your Future is Your Friend, Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, CT, 1974, p. 73
  3. C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume One (Part 2), Psalm XXVII to LVII, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, p. 99
  4. Same source as # 1, p. 270
  5. The Adult Teacher, Volume XXII, October, November, December, 1948, No. 4, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, p. 68