IntroductionProvidence is often misunderstood or not even recognized by Christians today.We can live in victory – IF – we know that God will fight our battles for us.One of the greatest deficiencies among Gods people is the lack of knowledge of, and faith in, divine providence.
Providence Defined“Divine providence, therefore, has reference to the preservation, care, and government which God exercises over all things that he has created, in order that they may accomplish the ends for which they were created.” W. F. Tillett, Providence and Power, p. 6General ProvidenceSpecific Providence
Providence DefinedGeneral Providence Sunshine, rain, air, seasons, water to drinkPsalm 65:9 You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it.Job 38:41 Who provides food for the raven, When its young ones cry to God, And wander about for lack of food?
Providence DefinedSpecific Providence Gods intervention for specific results to meet His purpose and plansGod uses two methods Natural laws Divine providenceWhile it is distinct from normal course of nature, it is always in accord with these natural laws. It is God working in a special way, but in a non-miraculous way.
Scriptures to StudyJob 38:41 Who provides food for the raven, When its young ones cry to God, And wander about for lack of food?Psalm 78:20 Behold, He struck the rock, So that the waters gushed out, And the streams overflowed. Can He give bread also? Can He provide meat for His people?"
Scriptures to StudyMatthew 6:28-30 28 So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Scriptures to Study – AbrahamHebrews 11:40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together.Genesis 22:13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.
Scriptures to Study – JosephGenesis 45:7-8 7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Scriptures to Study – EstherEsther 4:14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your fathers house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
Scriptures to Study – LydiaActs 16:13-14 13 And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. 14 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.
Divine ProvidenceMatthew 5:45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjustJames 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning
Measure by Right StandardMans primary purpose in existence is to honor and glorify God and to become as God-like as it is humanly possible to become. Now this being so, everything that takes him away from God is evil, and everything that brings him closer to God is good. It is quite possible that the frowns of this world are better than its honors.
Measure by Right StandardIt is quite possible that illness is better than health. The man who spends some time on his back in a hospital room often sees things in a clearer light than he ever saw them while he was going through life without a care.I Believe Because, B. B. Baxter
Difficulty of ProvidenceIt is very difficult to recognize as it is approaching or while in the middle of a situation.Providence is only clearly seen in the rear view mirror – as we look back at the events – we see the hand of God.
God Will Take Care of YouBe not dismayed whate’er betide,God will take care of you;Beneath His wings of love abide,God will take care of you.Through days of toil when heart doth fail,God will take care of you;When dangers fierce your path assail,God will take care of you.
God Will Take Care of YouAll you may need He will provide,God will take care of you;Nothing you ask will be denied,God will take care of you.No matter what may be the test,God will take care of you;Lean, weary one, upon His breast,God will take care of you.