Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics that you will find:
- I Shall Not Want…for Providential Provisions (Ryan Smithey)
- The Lord is My Shepherd (Sam Willcut)
- I Shall Not Want…for Peaceful Guidance (Drew Kizer)
- I Shall Not Want…for Confident Courage and Companionship (Jason Rollo)
- I Shall Not Want…for Comforting Deliverance (Israel Rodriquez)
- I Shall Not Want…for Joyful Favor (Joshua Rodriquez)
- I Shall Not Want…for Hope and Security (John Hall)
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The providence of God is an amazing Bible topic to study. It’s also an amazing work of God to see in our life. More often than not, God’s providence isn’t one of those things that we see coming, it’s something that we see going. This was the case in Joseph’s life when he told his brothers in Genesis 50.20:
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”
To say that Joseph had been through a lot in his life would be an extreme understatement, but how else would you describe it? Betrayed by his own brethren at the age of seventeen. Sold and carried into a foreign land only to find prosperity, but then the prosperity is dramatically taken away because of someone else who meant him evil. Finding himself captive, again, Joseph could have thrown away the key and given up on life, but prosperity came again due to God’s grace. Joseph wasn’t able to see it all but God was still opening doors, one of which was going to lead straight to the royal palace of Egypt through the mistakes of a chief baker and butler who angered the Pharaoh.
To make a long story short, Joseph dreamed that one day his family would bow before him – that dream got him into trouble didn’t it? Or did it? I guess it did, but that dream also got him out of his native land and eventually into Egypt where he sat as a man with great authority over the house of a powerful Egyptian ruler at only thirty years of age! From a shepherd boy, to a slave, to a chief servant, to sitting in prison, to serving over the prison, to riding second in the Pharaoh’s entourage in only thirteen years and later being the savior of all of Egypt and his family. There’s so much more that could be said, but Joseph said it plain enough when he summed up what had happened by saying that his brothers’ actions meant to do him harm, but God’s plan turned it into good. And that’s why Genesis 50:20 is a wonderful Old Testament passage about God’s providence.
By visions and verbal commands, the Lord sent Philip to the Ethiopian, Ananias to Saul, and Peter to Cornelius. The miraculous was involved, although the Lord still had people teaching people, according to his plan.
Let’s back off the miraculous and go with the providential. Tell a moment when you sensed the Lord working to bring a teacher-evangelist and a ready soul together for salvation.
The Lord is always working, of course, but there seem to be times when we notice, through circumstances surrounding a moment of time, the involvement of the Lord, more than at others.
I was reading a bit from Esther recently so maybe providence is at the front of my mind.