Special Providence in Peril
Matthew 10:29
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

When George Washington had been graciously preserved amidst the terrible carnage which attended Braddock's defeat, he was not ashamed to leave on record this evidence of his faith: — "By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me." His friend, Dr. James Craik, who was with him in the battle, was often afterward heard to say: — "I expected every moment to see him fall. Nothing but the superintending care of Providence could have saved him from the fate of all around him." Let unbelievers in the special providence of God listen also to the language of the matter-of-fact Dr. Franklin, whom no one will suspect of giving the least countenance to vain theories and "old wives' fables." The Convention was in session at Philadelphia to frame our Federal Constitution. Weeks and weeks had passed, but strife and confusion so far prevailed that no perceptible good was done. A proposition was then made for daily prayers, and Franklin rose in his place and said: "In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the Divine protection. Our prayers were heard and graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favour. To that kind Providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we forgotten this powerful FRIEND? or do we no longer need His assistance? I have lived a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men.

(J. Norton.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

WEB: "Aren't two sparrows sold for an assarion coin? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father's will,

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