God takes away the world, that the heart may cleave more to Him in sincerity.
— Thomas Watson
The almighty and everywhere present power of God; whereby, as it were by his hand, he upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all creatures; so that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, and all things come, not by chance, but by his fatherly hand.
— Heidelberg Catechism
To those who are elect and have the Spirit, predestination is the very sweetest of all doctrines, but to the worldly-wise it is the bitterest and hardest of all. The reason God saves in this way is to show that he saves not by our merits but by election pure and simple, and by his unchanging will. We are saved by his unchanging love.
— Martin Luther