The Providence of God

Many people who believe in God and have been walking with Lord for many years still question and are perplexed regarding his work in nature, society, everything else that pertains to life.

Some in fact don’t think he is involved in the created order at all. While people believe in the creation account—God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1). Still they who hold a deism view; they believe God is not involved in creation and left it on its own.

What is deism? It is the belief that, although the universe reflects the intelligent design and power of a Creator, God’s direct and personal involvement with his creatures ceased after that moment of creation, when he established a network of orderly and regular processes, with which not even he himself will interfere (Dennis E. Johnson, The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption, 16).

The end result of such view and mentality will be: no trust in God, fear, and even doubt that he can ever hear them and answer their requests. How can we trust such a God? There will be no sense of protection, security, and peace. No wonder we lack certainty, confidence, and boldness in God. The problem is not God. The problem is that we lack a better knowledge of the providence of God. He is the ultimate ruler, provider, and redeemer. God created the universe and is at constant work preserving it.

You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you (Nehemiah 9:6 ESV).

The most amazing thing about it is that he did not only create and just leave the scene unwatched and untaken care of. He is at constant work and is actively involved in all affairs of his created order. “God’s providence is His constant care for and His absolute rule over all His creation for His own glory and the good of His people” (Jerry Bridges, Trusting God, 23). In his providence of creation, God is all-powerful and all good. Another description of God’s providence may be the following:

God is continually involved with all created things in such a way that he (1) keeps them existing and maintaining the properties with which he created them; (2) cooperates with created things in every action, directing their distinctive properties to cause them to act as they do; (3) directs them to fulfill his purposes (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Bible Doctrine, 315).

God is so gracious, merciful, and loving that he is in constant care, working for the benefit of His purpose and His people. He is continually active and involved in manners of life. He is aware of everything that happens and occurs in the universe—even the rather small details of our every day lives. Only a caring and loving God would do such thing. He does so for the sake on his own name and glory.

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