“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Divine providence is the daily, constant, sovereign rule of our God over all things for the accomplishment of His eternal purpose. Divine providence is the accomplishment of God’s sovereign will and purpose. Providence is God bringing to pass in time (sovereignly, absolutely, and perfectly) what He purposed in eternity.
Nothing in the universe happens by luck, chance, fortune, accident or by blind fate! Everything that comes to pass in time–was purposed by our God in eternity, and is brought to pass by His wise, adorable, good Providence.
Providence is God’s government of the universe. If we have a proper view of God’s Providence, we will see the hand of God and the heart of God in everything–in all the experiences of our lives. Believers ascribe their sorrows–to the hand of their heavenly Father’s wise and good Providence (Job 1:21; 1 Samuel 3:18; 2 Samuel 16:11-12).
God is not idle. He never needs to rest, recuperate, or regroup. God almighty, our God and heavenly Father–is always at work, governing the world.
God’s Providence is as ‘minute’ as it is ‘mysterious’ (Matthew 10:30). Our God has ordained the number of hairs on the heads of all. Not even a worthless sparrow falls to the ground without His decree.
God’s Providence is all-inclusive. God rules everything, great and small, everywhere, and at all times.
Nothing in God’s universe breathes or wiggles contrary to God’s decree (Isaiah 46:9-13).
As a wise, skilled pharmacist mixes medicine–so our heavenly Father wisely mixes exactly the right measure of bitter things and sweet, to do us good.
Too much joy would intoxicate us.
But Too much misery would drive us to despair.
Too much sorrow would crush us.
While Too much suffering would break our spirits.
Too much pleasure would ruin us.
But Too much defeat would discourage us.
Too much success would puff us up.
While Too much failure would keep us from doing anything.
Too much criticism would harden us.
But Too much praise would make us proud.
Our great God knows exactly what we need. By His grace, if we are His–we will bow to His Providence, accept it, and give thanks for it.
God’s Providence is always executed in the ‘wisest manner possible. We are often unable to see and understand the reasons and causes for specific events in our lives, in the lives of others, or in the history of the world. But our lack of understanding does not prevent us from believing God. We bow to His will, which is evident in His works of Providence, and say, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!”
The God of Providence rules all things well. How we ought to trust Him! Our heavenly Father is all-wise, good, and omnipotent,
too wise to err,
and too good to do wrong,
too strong to fail!
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