What we might do in the future cannot determine God’s disposition toward us. In theology, (providence is) the care and superintendence which God exercise over His creatures. 8. There is no room for a loving purpose or for individual worth. C. H. Spurgeon wrote, ‘Jesus is here, beyond all doubt, in the glory of His reign, both as He now is, and as He shall be revealed in the latter day glory.’. It is the work of God whereby He integrates and blends events in the universe in order to fulfill His original design for which it was created. Nu 26:65; Jos 21:45; Lk 21:32,33. j. The grain fields in Palestine in Ruth's day were not enclosed by fences, but were open fields demarcated by landmarks which were not obvious. Naomi - A wise person once told me, “Never be quick to judge whether something is a blessing or a curse.” The story of Naomi reminds me of this. We should be driven to God’s word, prayer, the encouragement of our brothers in Christ, and to the worship of the church. But short of that, there’s a lot of truth sowing that needs to happen. “What then shall we say to these things?” Paul asks. The result is that they harden themselves even when exposed to the same means which God may use to soften others. When people greeted her, she said, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me” (Ruth 1:20). Obviously when applied to God, providence is closely related to God's omniscience (He sees all and knows all at all times). Christ is our Joseph, who has granaries full of wheat; but He does not treat us as Joseph did the Egyptians, for He opens the door of His storehouse and bids us call all the good therein our own. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (vv. Of never failing skill But they are not free to act as though the Lord was not there. Let that cheer and comfort you, that special providence which watches over the chosen. And, there are brilliant people teaching at the University of Minnesota whose eyes are not toward heaven. Every aspect of human life is included in God's providential orderings. [Watch the Videos: Part 1 Part 2]. Well the verse that leads up to that, Jeremiah 29:10, says. (See sermon by C H Spurgeon on Matthew 10:30 - Providence), PROVIDENCE: on the basis of whether today brings good news Quite naturally, Abraham anguished under a great internal struggle with God’s command, and as Abraham prepared to obey, Isaac asked him, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” (Gen. 22:7). Abraham spoke here of Jehovah jireh, “God will provide.” That is the first time the Bible speaks of God’s providence, which has to do with God’s making a provision for our needs. Then God said to him in the dream, "Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also kept you from sinning against me; therefore I did not let you touch her" (Genesis 20:6). There are many scenes, but it is one drama; there are many pages, but it is one book; there are many leaves, but it is one tree. Rather than go through the expense of another election, city officials used a chance method to decide the winner, and everyone accepted the outcome. (Heidelberg Catechism), God's works of providence are his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures and all their actions. That’s the point here: “I know the plans I have for you. And so in the providence of God, Ruth the Moabitess is brought into and is specifically included by Matthew as one of the three women named (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth) in the line of the Messiah (Mt 1:5, 6). The Scripture lists a number of ways in which God deals with people who are about to sin. Just as with the formation, growth, existence, fortunes, and destiny of the world as a whole, the nations of the earth, and Israel in particular, so is it with the individual. It certainly does matter. Most of the ways we encounter God—nature, the Bible, the Lord’s Supper, the church, other people—include things we can touch. Comment: Berkouwer's question should challenge all of God's children (Jn 1:11,12,13) -- Do we really believe and have firm, unshakeable confidence in the great doctrine of divine providence? And it seems like the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but he does according to his will. This divine, sovereign, and benevolent control of all things by God is the underlying premise of everything that is taught in the Scriptures…, The Extent of Providence. Baker Books. God is the ultimate cause of everything — including all the pain of this downward spiral right here. - Matthew Henry, Nothing is or can be accidental with God. Ponder, even pray Cowper's profound lyrics! For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Many direct references in Scripture support this teaching. They’ll never hear those sentences on television — ever. 16:9, 33; 19:21; 21:1), is consistent with his own perfection (2 Tim. “You, with the help of wicked men, put him to death.” His death was no accident. He was proud, envious and jealous. This does not mean that in fairer days the Providence of God was never doubted or denied. Minor Prophets ARE YOU LOOKING AT THE Summary here of these kings: Cyrus, Darius, Artaxerxes: And the elders of the Jews built and prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. His suicide was thwarted by the action of Mary Unwin. Obviously the terms for “will” or “desire” are used in distinct senses. My heart may throb and ache But most of us are plagued with questions about our individual work in the Lord. Foreknowledge predates all contingencies. God to them, if conscious at all, must wait to see what will become of his creation. We must just accept things in our ignorance. But He uses evil men and events to carry out His sovereign plan, even as He is doing in our story with this evil plot to kill Paul. That the thwarting of my purpose If you begin to say, "I cannot glorify God where I am, and as I am," I answer, neither could you anywhere if not where you are. 9:17; 11:36). Providence is the over-all theme of this Old Testament book. Historical Books An alcoholic prays, “Lord, keep me from drink today.” The answer to that prayer will likely come from the inside—from a stiffening resolve or a cry for help to a loyal friend—rather than from some marvel like the magical disappearance of liquor bottles from a cabinet. No. By divine providence is often understood God Himself, THE DOCTRINE OF THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD: He reigns over Cyrus. Paul is saying that no matter what we have to endure in this world as Christians, nothing has the power to sever the relationship we have to a loving and sovereign providence. Share this page using one of these tools: Email / username or password was incorrect! The axle of the wheels of the chariot of Providence is Infinite Love, and Gracious Wisdom is the perpetual charioteer. Goodness is the bud of which providence is the flower; or goodness is the seed of which providence is the harvest. When he worked on Cyrus, it says that God stirred him up. Therefore, you can trust God’s providence in all the events and circumstances of your life. it means “knowledge”. And we need to find ways of answering that with true language. Comp. A Handful Of Thorns - Jeremy Taylor was a 17th-century English cleric who was severely persecuted for his faith. But the Bible teaches that God is actively controlling or directing even evil events and evil people in such a way as to accomplish His sovereign will, and yet He is not the author of evil and is not responsible for it (as Eph.