The Providence of God

25 May

There are many places in the Scripture that refer to our life as a weaving, which implies the existence of a weaver who has a design in mind.  This does not mean that we are robots, but that God acts providentially in our lives.   According to Noah Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language (published in 1828), providence is:

The care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures.  He that acknowledges a creation and denies a providence, involves himself in a palpable contradiction; for the same power which caused a thing to exist is necessary to continue its existence.  Some persons admit a general providence, but deny a particular providence, not considering that a general providence consists of particulars.  A belief in divine providence is a source of great consolation to good men.  By divine providence is often understood God himself.

Most of us fall into one of 3 categories:

  • We have a vague belief in God’s care for us;
  • We have a strong belief in God’s care for us in every area of our lives (God’s grace); or
  • We think God cares for us as long as we’re doing everything right (our works).

If we have a strong belief in God’s grace-filled providence, we won’t worry about daily events, for we’ll know that they will work together for good in our lives.  We will think of our lives as carefully woven together by a loving God, as is the lovely Ecuadorian tapestry pictured above.  We’ve all heard the story about only seeing the backside of the tapestry now, but when the other side is revealed we will see the beauty that God has wrought.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

–Psalm 139:14-16

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