The Providence o God!
“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
Predestination is the sovereign, eternal, immutable, unalterable purpose of God almighty, by which He ordained and ordered, according to His own will and good pleasure, all things that come to pass in time.
Divine providence is the daily, constant, sovereign rule of our God over all things for the accomplishment of His eternal purpose of grace in predestination. 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.
Predestination is God’s purpose.
Providence is God’s execution of His purpose.
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.
Nothing comes to pass in time–that God did not purpose in eternity, in sovereign predestination.
Nothing comes to pass in time–except that which God sovereignly brings to pass in His Providence.
And that which God predestined in eternity and brings to pass in his Providence is for the good of His elect, and the glory of His name. This is clearly and incontrovertibly the teaching of Holy Scripture (Psalm 76:10; Proverbs 16:4, 9, 33; 21:1; Daniel 4:34, 35, 37; Isaiah 46:9-11; Romans 11:33-36).
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, and even the cursing of their enemies–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. I have frequently heard preachers and religious leaders speak of sickness, poverty and war, sin, crime and cruelty, famine, earthquakes and death–as things over which God has no control. Nonsense!
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.
He who created all things, rules all things!
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.
Too much misery would drive us to despair.
Too much sorrow would crush us.
Too much suffering would break our spirits.
Too much pleasure would ruin us.
Too much defeat would discourage us.
Too much success would puff us up.
Too much failure would keep us from doing anything.
Too much criticism would harden us.
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! Ever remember, our heavenly Father is God all wise, good, and omnipotent. He is. . .
too wise to err,
too good to do wrong,
and too strong to fail!
We fritter away days, weeks, months
None of us would want to have our hearts photographed!
The Book of God!
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness–that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
This book contains:
the mind of God,
the state of man,
the way of salvation,
the doom of lost sinners, and
the happiness of believers.
Its doctrine is holy,
its precepts are binding,
its histories are true, and
its decisions are immutable.
It contains . . .
light to direct you,
food to support you, and
comfort to cheer you.
This book is . . .
the traveler’s map,
the pilgrim’s staff,
the pilot’s compass,
the soldier’s sword, and
the Christian’s charter.
Here Heaven is open–and the gates of Hell are disclosed.
Christ is the grand subject,
our good is its design, and
the glory of God is its end.
This book should . . .
fill the memory,
rule the heart,
and guide the feet.
It is . . .
a mine of wealth,
health to the soul,
and a river of pleasure.
It . . .
involves the highest responsibility,
will reward the greatest labor, and
condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
Read it to be wise,
believe it to be safe,
and practice it to be holy.
Read it . . .
This Book–the Book of Books, the Book of God, the Bible–is the revelation of God to man!
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