Purpose of Proverbs Translation

The writings of Swedenborg can be pithy and difficult to read in our age. They were originally written in Latin. What I have done here is reflect on sentences and attempt to boil their meaning down into easily understandable "proverbs".

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Faith that Moves Mountains


Some of us in a group were discussing a challenge in figuring out how to use some technology.  There was a question about additional hookups being needed.  So the group decided against trying to “force the issue” and just skip the project elements requiring additional hookups.  However, a week later I figured out (or, as I would say in faith that the Lord Provided) a simpler possible solution.  So I advocated for that but we as a group voted against that new idea.  I concurred.


However, the next morning it occurred to me that, really, this is a “teachable moment” where I can tell something about myself and my life.


This reminds me of an old joke by Steve Martin I believe, “I was born a poor Black child.”  This line typically refers to humble begins after achieving more laudable levels of success in life.  In my case, from humble beginnings I have years been a high fashion executive and learned standard English, French, Spanish and some Japanese.  And I could mention computer geeky skills, music performance, etc.  But this isn’t a paper about me.  It’s about faith.  Faith like everything else good comes from the Lord, God, Divine Providence. 


I’ll throw in some citations from Regeneration:  Spiritual Growth and How it Works by Emanuel Swedenborg and some Bible citations on faith.  Regeneration doesn’t seem to list the particular books and numbers in the particular books by Swedenborg so I just list the Kindle location numbers. 


The main theme for this paper that “came to me” was this:  I can trust that the Lord will make a way for me.  Or to slice up a Scripture “and if I have a faith that can move mountains,...” 1 Corinthians 13:2


In other words, as usual in my personal experience time and time again I could have had faith that the Lord will Provide solutions to challenges before me. 


If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  Matthew 6:30 


Perhaps this above Scripture could refer to clothes or any other perceived need of the faithful.  That is not to say that the simple solution given to me after a week of reflection works for the group in question.  I’m saying that as was the case in actually learning some advanced technical skills I had read about, also a workable solution at least in my eyes I could have had faith would arrive.  And this pattern has accompanied me throughout my life’s journey from ignorance and poverty to intelligence and wealth.  Maybe even to wisdom above intelligence as Swedenborg would say.  Actually I used to scoff at material wealth as back in the haute couture days I was engaged with “filthy riches” type greed.  These days I can think of good purposes for wealth.  Did anyone see “The Sting” movie back when?  Well, it was about a couple “con men” (poor example here I know) who always proceeded to get the required “whatever” in order to succeed with the con job.  Well, me and the fashion designer, Melanie, back in the day always had to figure out how to get whatever the business and lifestyle required.  “Failure was not an option” as is said.  I needed to learn or successful financial negotiations had to be done in order to get whatever was actually required for the business. 


When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.  Matthew 8:10


So I can look back over a full lifetime and last week and see that “great faith” is appropriate.  In fact, I like to think that the whole Black experience in America is another example I follow and we African Americans can follow.  Few there are that without great faith could imagine that a Black man would be Commander-in-Chief and President of the United States of America. 


He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Matthew 8:26


I’m not talking about anyone else, but as for me I would not be called to be “afraid” that somehow quite good technology capabilities and performance would happen by hard work, practice and miracle of the Lord. 


Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.  Matthew 9:22


By analogy perhaps, the tricky technical issues that were initially perceived were eventually in my mind “healed” by the idea of not using extra technical hookups but just using the provided microphone and the laptop.  I’m not saying that this solution befits the group’s circumstances, just that this is just another example of how the Lord works with me.  The Lord may not provide a Rolls Royce to ride to the Corporate Board Meeting, just a Bentley was provided back in the day. 


And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.  Matthew 13:58  It would be unloving to apply this Bible quote to the specific group situation.  It does not apply.  But if you’re a Black guy from Chicago and you want to be President of the United States.  Or if you are a young civil rights activist minister with a “Dream” like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  Or if you were a humble Black guy from the Midwest, you’re going to need many miracles so don’t hang around a bunch of people who lack mountain-moving faith. 


Here Jesus is juxtaposing faith and doubt I think.  That is, faith in Him or doubts about Who He really is and, hence, what He can do in our lives.  One of my friends reminded me that I didn’t earn my first computer or musical keyboard.  But I learned on those given to me as I watched Japanese programming on satellite TV when the disks were huge, HUGE.  And I should mention that my university education was also more miracle than parental-funded education plans.  I received a “low income” grant to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  And continued studies at U. Vermont and U. San Francisco.


Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  Matthew 14:31


Of course Jesus as God knew everything but the question to Peter here was for Peter.  I think, as God, Jesus is asking seriously why doubt.  It’s just not the logical thing to do. 


This paper was inspired by the online church I attend.  This is the New Church.  It is associated with the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden).  Following are some citations from one of his many books.  Swedenborg (ES for short).  Was a top scientist in the age of Enlightenment, struggled to understand the world of spirit, was a member of Queen Ulrika Eleonora’s Royal Court, Scientific writer (in Latin), Christian mystic recording in writing decades of spiritual experiences in Heaven teaching true Christianity, etc.  He is also one of the few clairvoyants with, well, what we would call today a professional reputation and, thus, not shady or eccentric reputation.


Citations from Regeneration:  Spiritual Growth and How it Works by Swedenborg.  This volume didn’t have the paragraph numbers and names of particular books by ES so I list the Kindle book location numbers. 


“Faith is not faith for us until it becomes spiritual, and it does not become spiritual unless it becomes a matter of love.  It becomes a matter of love when we love to live out what is true and good--that is, to live by what we are commanded in the word.”  Location 363


Our “belief” as “Swedenborgians” is that “belief” is not the important thing.  It fact it is nothing.  What matters is what is real.  That is, what we actually put into effect, into our life, into our actions.  What ES is talking about as “what we are commanded” is to love God and one another in fact and through our actual actions.  In this paper I’m writing about last week’s technical challenge which didn’t seem very doable.  But, as for me, I could have had faith that as did happen the Lord Our Provider would come up with a way to make it happen.  That is, if I were going to be using the technology.  So I’m trying to explain that while the group decision the previous week was to skip it, too much hassle trying to figure out whether or not technical equipment would be available at the venue.  As for me, I could have had faith that the Lord Jesus Christ would inspire a solution to the challenge, if it were all up to me. 


Then our actions come from goodwill and our words come from faith; we develop a sense of the goodness that comes from goodwill and a perception of the truth that is related to faith; and we are in the Lord and in a state of peace.  In brief, we are reborn.”  Location 834


This citation speaks of AFTER we are reborn or regenerated, as we say.  Hence, before we are reborn, perhaps, it would occur to me to as an act of goodwill spend days writing a Bible Scriptures and ES citations paper explaining my faith-based thinking.  And my imagining that I can perceive the truth that is related to an experienced consistent reality of daily miracles in faith.  And I can be at peace knowing that if it were my presentation, it could happen with the entire vision regardless of the misperceived technology challenges at the venue. 


“The power to do good things comes from the Lord.”  Location   Location 857

This is a quintessential Swedenborgian concept about the importance of not imagining that any good comes from we ourselves ultimately.  Whom but the Lord gave us life, a good mind, the will to do good, the ability to perceive right from wrong, etc.?


We can take action together with the Lord and by doing so, form a partnership with him.  Location 857

Married people or people with life partners know the value of having a good partner.  (And for Swedenborg when he says marriage he doesn’t mean a couple people with a piece of paper saying that they are married.  But he means a couple who are one in spirit.  And ES says that such a couple is in fact viewed from have as only being one person.)  But what if the action I take (or you take) is taken together with partnership of the Lord God Creator of the Universe?  Good reason to have faith.  And, if true, one could definitely see in their life a pattern of let’s call it “success” worthy of keeping the faith absolutely. 


“The more we are reborn, that is, the more the process of regeneration is perfected in us, the less we attribute anything of goodness and truth, or goodwill and faith, to ourselves; we attribute it all to the Lord.  We are taught this very clearly by the truths that we keep drinking in.”  Location 1284

This is a clear Swedenborgian citation detailing how little our human effort is valued in the mind of the reborn Christian.  Swedenborg was a SERIOUS scholar and I guess he assumed we Christians would keep “drinking in” truths.  That is, be Bible and for Swedenborgians, doctrine books and literature readers. 


“Just as all the elements of wisdom and love dwell within service, all the elements of thought and desire dwell within act, and all the elements of faith and goodwill dwell within deeds, and so on.  This means all the elements that are of the same kind; that is, they are harmonious.”  Location 1528

Here we can see how important not “belief” but service, action and deeds are.  So wisdom and love, thought and desire, faith and goodwill are nothing unless the result in service, action and deeds.  Which are also called charity, good works, at the job site doing a good job, etc. 


“People have not yet recognized that the last member of each sequence--service, act, deed, and practice--is the composite and vessel of all the earlier members.”  Location 1528 

I think I just said that.  So I can point of one of the aspects of reading Swedenborg’s writings that I find fascinating. I like the Christian mystic element.  That is the “People have not yet recognized…” part of the sentence.  So upon reflection one can see that for ES he feels like he has been given a mission to reveal things that “People have not yet recognized” regarding being a true Christian in this world.  Cool stuff.  In fact, a two volume big book is called True Christianity.


“All this makes it clear that people who have love also have faith and consequently heavenly life.”  Location 2207

The scholar Swedenborg wrote in his Works things like, “If you were to sit down and think about it for an hour or two”.  That citation is worthy of considerable thought I think.  It’s not bad to restrict one’s writing to what we know.  In this case, writing about my reality.  One friend said among some of us elders, “We’re all getting older.”  An old friend of mind said, “Not Elbert.  He still looks like he did 40 years ago!”  Which reminds me, ES wrote that even old women that go to Heaven return to the “flower of their youth” in appearance in Heaven.  I mentioned the youth era poverty (and ignorance) above.  My imagining that I have Love (from the Lord) and reason to have faith (again from Him) I have to look back a say that I have had and do have a heavenly life.  Still today having a salad and a dessert seems odd to me.  We certainly didn’t have such things “back in the day”.  But by Grace I have enjoyed rapping in French, Spanish or Japanese after dinner over a beverage while sketching.  Yea, I’ve been lauded for a bluesy jazz performance on keyboards abroad.  Beats working!


“From the doctrine taught by faith, anyone can see that we cannot so much as think a good thought or will a good result or consequently do a good deed except through the Lord’s power.”  Location 2269

ES, the scientist, stays focused on cause and effect.  The Age of Enlightenment was a reaction to the former age of Roman Catholic Church doctrinal authority in Europe.  “Doctrine” for ES is a big word.  Often when he uses it he is referring to a large volume of written concepts and ideas.  ES goes into great detail also about how one first needs to have an idea, then build up a will before doing a deed, good deed in particular.  And, I think, ES would say and has written that you and I can upon reflection see that we would need the Lord’s great help all along the way in order to receive a good thought, build up the will to do the good thought-out deed and to effectuate the good deed in fact by Grace.  I’m into the Power of Positive Thinking but ES spent a good half of his writing time delineating the whys and wherefores of the vain, self-centered, worldly folks and their ways and all. 


“When we are regenerate, on the other hand, the angels are in charge, inspiring us with all kinds of goodness and truth.”  Location 2454

ES prefaced this idea with a long list of reasons for why, in fact, anyone not well along the Path, hence the unregenerate or pre-regenerate cannot be helped hardly at all by said angels, alas.  In sum, ES wrote that they are like people holding a mirror over their heads to reflect back the light (of Truth) and heat (of Love) being showered down upon us from above by the Lord Jesus Christ. 


May you, the reader, accept and enjoy the Faith that Moves Mountains that is continually offered you and me on a daily basis in our personal lives even in these times. 




Elbert E. P. Hill Smith, June 2015



Thursday, February 20, 2014

104 Types of Prayer from the Bible

104 Types of Biblical Prayer
Part 1
Secret prayer                Matt 6:6
Family prayer               Acts 10:2, 30
Group prayer                Matt 18:20
Public prayer                1 Cor. 14:14-17
Posture for prayer        
            Standing           Neh 9:5
            Kneeling           Ezra 9:5
            Sitting               1 Chr 17:16-27
            Bowing Ex 34:8
            Hands uplifted              1 Tim. 2:8
Prayer against strife                   Gen 13:8          Let thre be no strike, I pray
Prayer to be sent                         Ex4:13             O my Lord, send, I pray thee…
Prayer entreating the Lord        Ex 10:17          Entreat the Lord your God
Prayer that the Lord goes among us            Ex 34:9     My Lord, I pray thee, go among us
Prayer for deliverance               Judg 10:15       …deliver us only, we pray thee
Prayer for remembrance           Judg 16:28       …God, remember me, I pray
Prayer that the Lord not leave us           Num 10:31       Leave us not, I pray
Prayer that a fire be quenched               Num 11:2         …when Moses prayed unto the Lord, the fire was quenched.
Prayer to not see your wretchedness     Num 11:15       I pray thee,…let me not see my wretchedness
Prayer that the Lord take away serpents     Num 21:7   Pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.
Prayer for the people                  Num 21:7         And Moses prayed for the people
Prayer  that the Lord comes      Num 22:6         Come now therefore, I pray thee,
Prayer that one might see something                  Deut 3:25         I pray thee, let me go over, and see the good land
Prayer for someone                   Deut 9:20         I prayed for Aaron
Prayer to be remembered         Judg 16:28       O Lord God, remember me
Prayer for strength                    Judg 16:28       O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me
Prayer to God for counsel         Judg 18:5         Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God
Prayer for the prosperous direction       Judg 18:5         Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, ...whether our way…shall be prosperous
Prayer that the Lord look on one’s affliction      1 sam 1:10       O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction
Continuing prayer                     1 Sam 1:12       as she continued praying before the Lord
Prayer with heart rejoicing in the Lord   1 Sam 2:1         And Hannah prayed, and said, my heart rejoiceth in the Lord
Prayer for people gathered        1 Sam 7:5         Gather all Israel …and I will pray for you unto the Lord.
Prayer for one’s servants          1 Sam 12:19     Pray for thy servants
Prayer that God’s word be verified       1 Kings 8:26     O God of Israel, let thy word, …be verified
Prayer of supplication               1 Kings 8:28     Prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication
Prayer that the Lord hearken                 1 Kings 8:28     O Lord my God, to hearken
Prayer today                             1 Kings 8:28     Prayeth before the today
Prayer for one’s house  1 Kings 8:29     That thine eyes may be open toward this house night and day
Prayer to hear God                   1 Kings 8:30     and hear thu in heaven thy dwelling place
Prayer for rain                          1 Kings 8:35     When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, …pray
Prayer to be taught by God       1 Kings 8:36     …that thou teach them the good way
Prayer against pestilence, mildew, locust, caterpillars and enemies   1 Kings 8:37           …prayer and supplication             (1 Kings 8:38)
Prayer against the plague of one’s own heart                 1 Kings 8:38    
Prayer to be given accordingly  1 Kings 8:39     Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do and give to every man according to his ways.
Prayer God knowing your heart            1 Kings 8:39     whose heart thou knowest (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)
Prayer concerning a stranger                 1 Kings 8:41     Moreover concerning a stranger … (who) cometh out of a far country for thy name’s sake
Prayer hearing of God’s strong hand     1 Kings 8:42     For they shall heart of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, …when he shall come and pray
Prayer that God does all that the stranger asks  1 Kings 8:43         Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for
Prayer that God maintains the cause      1 Kings 8:45     Then hear thou in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause
Prayer that people be forgiven   1 Kings 8:50     And forgive thy people that have sinned against thee, and all their transgressions
Prayer that people be given compassion            1 Kings 8:50     …and give them compassion
Prayer kneeling 1 Kings 8:54     He arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven
Prayer with a loud voice            1 Kings 8:55     And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice
Prayer of thanks for God’s word           1 Kings 8:56     there hath not failed one word of all his good promise
Prayer that God not forsake us  1 Kings 8:57     The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers:  let him not leave us, nor forsake us
Prayer that God incline our hearts          1 Kings 8:58     That he may incline our hearts unto him
Prayer and God’s eyes and heart in the church  1Kings 9:3        And the Lord said …and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
Prayer for someone’s hand                   1 Kings 13:6     And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored him again,
Prayer to revive someone          1 Kings 17:22   And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
Prayer to heal blindness            2 Kings 6:17     And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes.
Prayer facing the wall                2 Kings 20:2     Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord
Prayer to be healed                   2 kings 20:5      I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee
Prayer for you and your home   1 Chronicles 21:17       Let thine hand, I pray thee, O Lord my God, be on me, and on my father’s house
Prayer on righteousness            2 Chronicles 6:23         (Hearken therefore unto the supplications…[2 Chronicles 6:21] …justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness
Prayer and being taught the good way   2 Chronicles 6:27         …when thou hast taught them the good way
Prayer for the priests and saints 2 Chronicles 6:41         let thy priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.
Prayer faces on the ground        2 Chronicles 7:3           they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement,
Prayer and land healing            2 Chronicles 7:14         If  my people shall humble themselves, and pray,…then will I …heal their land
Prayer healing the people          2 Chronicles 30:20       And the Lord hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people
Prayer ascending to heaven       2 Chronicles 30:27       their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven
Praying and crying        2 Chronicles 32:20       The prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz, prayed and cried to heaven
Praying for someone’s life         Ezra 6:10          and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons
Prayer casting oneself down      Ezra 10:1          Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God
Prayer, fasting, mourning, and weeping  Neh 1:4            I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.
Prayer for mercy           Neh 1:5            I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven,…mercy for them that love him…
Prayer that God see and hear our prayer           Neh 1:6            Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now day and night
Prayer and confession               Neh 1:6            …and confess the sins
Prayer to begin the thanksgiving in prayer          Neh 11:17        to begin the thanksgiving in prayer
Pure prayer      Job 16:17         also my prayer is pure
Tearful prayer               Job 16:20         mine eye poureth out tears unto God
Prayer and vows           Job 22:27         Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
Prayer standing in for others      Job 42:8           My servant Job shall pray for you:  for him will I accept
Prayer for your friends  Job 42:10         And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends
Morning prayers           Ps 5:3               O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee
Timely prayers  Ps 32:6             pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found
Prayer against floods                 Ps 32:6             …surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
Yo-yo prayer               Ps 35:13           and my prayer returned into mine own bosom
Prayer that God not hold His peace       Ps 39:12           hold not thy peace at my tears:
Prayer and singing         Ps 42:8             his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life
Prayer to be led            Ps 61:1-2         …attend unto my prayer.  …lead me…
Prayer in an acceptable time                  Ps 69:13           My prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time
Continuous prayer        Ps 72:15           Prayer also shall be made for him continually
Praying your face to be looked upon                 Ps 84:9             Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
Prayer for a speedy answer       Ps 102:2           when I call answer me speedily
Destitute prayer            Ps 102:17         He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer
Giving yourself unto prayer                    Ps 109:4           I give myself unto prayer
Prayer for peace           Ps 122:6           Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Incense-like prayer       Ps 141:2           Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense
Prayer seeking an answer          Ps 143:1           Hear my prayer, O Lord, …in thy faithfulness answer me
Upright prayer              Prov 15:8         the prayer of the upright is his delight
Many prayers               Is 1:15              when ye make many prayers
Sanctuary prayer          Is 16:12            He shall come to his sanctuary to pray
Pouring out prayer        Is 26:16            …they poured out a prayer…
Lifted up prayer            Is 37:4              lift up thy prayer
Prayer to inform the world        Is 37:20            O Lord our God, …that all the kingdoms of the earth may know

Saturday, May 26, 2012

You haven't heard of Emanuel Swedenborg?  The following link is to an article about Emanuel Swedenborg posted in the Huffington Post. 

Please check it out.  You'll become quite enlightened in spiritual terms and I've found that my general intelligence improves.  Something about seeing things in a "Swedenborgian" way (18th Century Christian mystic) these days is helpful. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Links to Other Blogs


This is my simpler modern English re-write of half of the Christian mystic Emmanuel Swedenborg's book Divine Providence. His complicated older English style paragraphs are condensed into a moreso proverbs-like expression.


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This is an action plan for promoting business websites to make sales in three social networking community websites: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

This is a larger blog teaching quite a few detailed Google skills:  Little-known details skills, Google Chrome web browser, Google Maps, Google Earth Free, Google News, Picasa photos utility, Gmail, Google Notebook, Blogger.com, Google Documents, etc.

Friday, February 4, 2011

13 Citations from Divine Providence book by Emanuel Swedenborg simplified into proverbs

There is a correspondential relationship between everything mental and everything physical.  D.P. 181

The Lord arranges the inner forms and workings the way we arrange the outer ones.  D.P. 181

Spiritually-minded people acknowledge God and divine providence, too.  D.P. 182

Strict materialists cannot raise their minds above the material world and see the signs of divine providence in its outward appearances.  D.P. 182

If you think that was is dead can give you life, you are out of your mind.  Life must come from life.  D.P. 182

From our own inherited evil we are constantly hungering for the deepest hell.  D.P. 183

The Lord through divine providence is constantly leading us away from hell and drawing us out of it.  D.P. 183

By heredity, we want to become powerful and rich to the extent that these loves are not held in check.  D.P. 183

Divine providence quietly and gradually takes away this excessive love of wealth and power.  D.P. 183

Divine providence uses various rational, civil, and moral means to lead us away from excessive love of wealth and power.  D.P. 183

The Lord never leads us away from striving for high positions or from gaining wealth, only from an obsession with striving for high position simply for the sake of eminence, or for self-seeking reasons, solely for display or for its own sake.  D.P.  183

Achievement becomes something we seek for service primarily and for ourselves secondarily, and not for ourselves primarily and for service secondarily.  D.P. 183

The Lord always humbles the proud and raises up the humble.  D.P. 183

We have these evils by heredity and more:  fraud, vengeance, blasphemy, etc.  D.P. 184

Many people who became powerful and wealthy in the physical world focused solely on themselves in the next life at first talk ab out God and divine providence as though they sincerely believed in them.  But when the see it clearly and therefore see their eventual lot in hell, they join demons there.  D.P. 185

The Lord uses divine providence to subtly lead us away from our love of pleasure.  D.P. 186

Everyone who accepts inflow from heaven and recognizes divine providence (especially spiritually reformed people) upon seeing events in their amazing kind of sequence, virtually sees providence from a deep recognition and confesses it.  D.P.187

We cannot see divine providence from this world, only from heaven.  D.P. 187

People who have convinced themselves of the supreme value of the physical world and human prudence would not acknowledge providence.  D.P. 187