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What I Read Online – 04/25/2012 (a.m.)

25 Apr
    • Here’s what I mean by providence: “Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which he upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty—all things, in fact, come to us not by chance but from his fatherly hand” (Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 27).

       

    • God cannot sin. He is not the author or actor of evil. But we mustn’t say he simply allows for certain events to take place, even events full of sin and suffering, as if God had nothing to do with the cross (Acts 4:27-30) and has nothing to do with most of what transpires in our world. The sovereign will of God is more all-encompassing that we might imagine
    • But the doctrine of providence goes one step further and asserts that all this power and authority and sovereignty is for us. It comes from a loving Father who intends to do good for his children.
    • So how does the knowledge of providence help us? According to the Catechism, the answer is threefold: “We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from his love. All creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved” (Q/A 28).

       

    • Providence is not only believing that God is the one writing the world’s history, it’s also trusting that he is writing our story. And it’s a good story.
    • If you love the sovereignty of God, you should love to say thank you. Calvinists should be the gladdest people on the planet because we have more reasons to be grateful than anyone else
    • And yet here we are, children of Abraham, children of the promise, children of providence. God has been at work all along guiding, prompting, leading, steering, carrying out his purposes. And he will do the same for us. God is our Father. You are his son or daughter. He loves you. He wants you to grow up and be a mature man or woman. Like any parent, he only wants what is best for you. And unlike every other parent, he always knows what is best.

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