Perspectives on Providence

God is able to work in our lives in ways that are beyond our capabilities to understand. Through providence, God acts in this world to accomplish his will. He is always moving forward with his plans (Revelation 4-5).

When providence is in motion, we cannot see it working around us because God’s worktable is larger than the universe. We just know he is still there for us (Hebrews13:5). We have to trust that he is involved and always good (Hebrews 11:6; Titus 1:2; 1 John 1:5).

We need to step back and consider some important thoughts on providence, so we will not be disappointed and allow Satan to turn us against God.

First, God never promised us that the Christian life would be painless (Matthew 6:34). We will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12) and suffer continual spiritual attacks (1 Peter 5:8). The presence of providence does not negate these facts. He did not take away his Son’s suffering because of God’s overall plan.

Second, we must understand the expansive nature of God’s canvas. As humans, we want everything to happen immediately as we desire. It is difficult for us to wait. Additionally, we think we have complete knowledge and that all things should work according to our will.

The problem is that we are one person among billions. We have no way of knowing what God is working on at any time. Our will may conflict with his will. We cannot outguess God. God knows what will happen in the universe between now and the end of time in perfect order.

We pray that our loved ones will not die, as well we should. However, if their lives do end, some turn on God and declare him a liar and a failure. Yet, we cannot know what is happening in relation to our lives or that of our loved ones. God may not cause our loved one’s death but he sees several steps ahead and knows that souls may come to salvation because of their passing.

We want the world to be simple when it is more complex than we can imagine. When we get in a car, we interact with the freewill of others. As a result, accidents occur and people lose their lives. We all love freewill and to rid ourselves of it would change everything we know as humans. Therefore, evil and death will occur (Hebrews 9:27).

We just have to trust that God will always do what is right. Paul wrote, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

If we try to narrow the parameters of this verse, we will find only confusion. Providence works in accordance with this verse and God creates good things from bad, even if we cannot see them. Paul’s message is that providence and God’s plan are beyond anything man can conceive, so we must trust him, knowing that he is still in charge.

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