Providence happens in a messy world

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by Richard Mansel

God is all-powerful, all-knowing and continually active in this world (Jeremiah 32:17,27; Psalm 103:19; 1 John 3:20; Psalm 139:7-12). He accomplishes his will by acting through providence.

“Providence is the continuous activity of God in His creation by which He guides and governs it for His people’s good and His own ultimate glory.”

Faith in God means that we trust him completely. We allow him to work through and for us because of his divinity and goodness (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 11:33).

Despite God’s power and wisdom, he has limits because he’s given us freewill (1 John 3:4; Romans 1:20-21; John 8:28-29). We can choose to do good or evil (Hebrews 6:4-6). God offers us righteousness, but we must accept his gift.

One of Satan’s greatest weapons is suffering and pain. Even Christians succumb to his lies (John 8:44). Satan tells us that a loving God (Titus 1:2), will not allow evil to happen to us.

On the contrary, Jesus said, “sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34, NKJV).

Faith tells us that God is always working and cannot fail. Yet, we must remember that he works in a sinful world.

  • Providence worked for Paul. Yet, he was arrested, beaten and executed (Acts 21-28).
  • Providence worked for David. Yet, he was on the run for his life (1 Samuel 18-31)
  • Providence worked for Esther. Yet, she was taken from her home and sent to the King’s bed (Esther 2).
  • Providence worked for Daniel and Joseph. Yet, they languished in prison (Genesis 39-40; Daniel).

All these men and women found good at the end of their difficult journey and so will we. We just have to trust God’s Word (Romans 8:28). He will accomplish his work and promises despite the choices and failures of men.

As Christians, we just have to keep walking through the mud to get to the fountain of life. But when we are finally clean and saved, all the heartache will melt away (Revelation 21:1-6).

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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