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Ron Writes

The Providence of God

The providence of God has to do with providing. There’s a general providence in that God takes care of everybody. God is continuously active in the universe. Everything is held together by Him (Col. 1:17). God “causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. “For in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:28). God is good. He is active. Everyone should be thankful and praise Him.

There is also a special providence seen in Scripture. It’s a specific provision promised to those who love Him. For “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). This is something Paul says we are to know. There are numerous promises made by God to His children that would not be true unless He was actively working in our lives (Mt. 10:29-31; 1 Cor. 10:13; Heb. 13:5-6; 1 Peter 5:7; etc.).

Providence is something to be believed and trusted, but often it’s not seen. The providence of God wasn’t always apparent in the life of Joseph. He was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, and then raised up in Egypt. There are times in our lives when we wonder if things will work out at all. We wonder will it ever end? Often it’s only in retrospect that it seems clear. After the death of his father, Joseph could declare to his brothers “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20).

Providence doesn’t always work out the way we think it should. We don’t always understand God’s ways. As William Cowper wrote, “God works in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform.” Yet, as Paul said, “we know” that God is with us and He is good!

Let us trust and be thankful!