Of Divine Providence
Chapter 5, Paragraph 4.
“The Almighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness of God, so far manifest themselves in his Providence, that his determinate Counsel extendeth itself even to the first fall, and all other sinful actions both of Angels, and Men;... “
2 Samuel 24:1
1 Chronicles 21:1.
Hurtful, hateful, horrible creatures exist in this world. Fierce animals maul, kill, and destroy. Cruel thoughts in man lead to callous violence. Rebellious angels, or demons, refuse to submit to God’s rule.
In any discussion regarding providence, the question of evil is one that must be addressed. Evil does exist, so why is it here? And what is God’s role in relation to evil? We know that God is absolutely good. We also know that He has decreed all things that come to pass. The sin of Adam and Eve did not take Him by surprise. He is not shocked by Satan’s rebellion. Even our sinful thoughts and deeds do not startle Him.
Our myopia as humans causes us to see only the events around us, while how these all fit into God’s plan is blurry. Yet His power, wisdom, and goodness are clearly shown forth in providence. We can trust His sovereignty over all things because of who He is. Look to Him, and be reminded of how wonderful He is!
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
Questions to Consider
- How do you react to the existence of evil?