Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Providence of God

The Providence of God is a concept that modern Christianity has lost.  When was the last time you heard your pastor preach about it?  When was the last time you heard anyone recognize God's providence?  

We give lip service to God's sovereignty.  We allow Him to be the ruler of the universe but we fail to acknowledge that He holds all things together.  He controls all things.  He orders all things.  He ordains all things.  Nothing ever occurs to Him and nothing ever thwarts His plans. That is Providence. 

Do you know that your days are numbered?  That doesn't mean, just because God has foreknowledge of the future, that He knows when you will die.  It means that He has made an appointment for you to inhale your last breath on the pages of His unchangeable calendar.  

Eric Landry has explained the Providence of God as follows:

"Because God sustains the universe's moment by moment existence, nothing comes about independently of His will.  He governs all creatures, and events so that they accomplish what He intends, either by their acting freely (as through human choice) or contingently (as when something happens that did not have to happen) or necessarily (as with the law of gravity).

"Thus God, in ways beyond our understanding, works in and through everything to bring about His good purposes."


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