Of Divine Providence
Chapter 5, Paragraph 4.
“,…in a manifold dispensation to his most holy ends;… “
God limits, orders, and governs the sinful actions of men and angels. He does this in many varied ways, in various times and places. All is done according to His good purposes.
Viewing the wickedness that exists in our world, we question His providence. We wonder if He is truly mighty, or wise, or good for allowing such hideous evil to exist. Yet it is important to remember that He is God, and we are not.
“Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?” -Job 40:8
Understanding the character of God is crucial in facing such a sinful landscape. He is all-powerful – is anything too difficult for the Lord? He is all-knowing, declaring the end from the beginning. Submitting to His wisdom in providence is the only logical option when we know how wondrous and good He is.
Not only do we need to remember who God is when observing the wickedness around us, but we need to remember Him when we view the wickedness within us. How often do we as Christians impatiently wonder why we must struggle against our own sin? Why can’t we be sinless the moment we repent and believe? Again, God orders, binds, and governs even the sinful actions that we perform. His purpose in doing so is holy, and we must submit to His providence in our sanctification as well.
Cling tightly, then, to what you know to be true. Constantly attend to the Word and strive to grow in the knowledge of Christ. Gather with fellow believers to encourage and edify one another. Pray without ceasing. Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might, that we may stand firm.
Questions to Consider
- How are you reminding yourself that God truly does rule this world?