A Little Time With The 1689: Day 93

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Day 93

Of Divine Providence

Chapter 5, Paragraph 4.

,…in a manifold dispensation to his most holy ends;

Scripture Lookup

Genesis 1:20

Isaiah 10:6,7,12

Reflection

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?

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 92

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Day 92

Of Divine Providence

Chapter 5, Paragraph 4.

... (and that not by a bare permission) which also he most wisely and powerfully boundeth, and otherwise ordereth, and governeth,…

Scripture Lookup

2 Kings 19:28.

Psalm 76:10.

Reflection

Witnessing such rebellion, such wickedness in our world we may be tempted to wonder, “Where is God?” “Why doesn’t He do something?” “Does He even notice?” He is everywhere present; nothing escapes His sight. His decree extends itself even to sinful actions of men and angels. This evil does not take Him by surprise.

When sin occurs, it is often a heady, prideful thing. The rush of power felt by seemingly unchecked sin inclines one to believe himself the ultimate authority, subject to no one. With murder and destruction in the news each night, it appears as if there is no limit to the rampage of evildoers. Yet God does place limits. He governs all things and creatures, from the greatest to the least. There is no time where God gives evil free rein – He always is in control.

The unfolding of events in this world may puzzle us, but we know that they are not random. Our most holy, wise and powerful God directs it all, and nothing and no one can thwart it. Let us trust that His providence will lead to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness and mercy.

Questions to Consider

  • Do you have trouble believing that God binds, orders and governs sinful actions?

A Little Time With The 1689: Day 91

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Day 91

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;...

Scripture Lookup

Romans 11:32-34.

2 Samuel 24:1

1 Chronicles 21:1.

Reflection

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.

-Malthie Babcock

Questions to Consider

  • How do you react to the existence of evil?